Couple who died of Covid leaving four children had regretted not having vaccine

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An American couple in their 40s died of Covid-19 after they decided not to get vaccinated.

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The couple hailed from Virginia and left behind four children Washington DC’s NBC 4, the father expressed regret saying that they had not been confiscated.

Kevin’s Mitchem was initially reluctant to take the vaccine and it wasn’t until his wife Misty died last month and also fell ill with covid that he decided he should have accepted the jab.

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His father, Dom, told the news network: “Kevin called me on Monday and said, ‘Misty is in the hospital.’ They say she got covid. They put her on ventilator automatically, she was very bad.”

Misty died in hospital a day after her husband was also admitted with the virus. He called his mother from her hospital bed before being put on a ventilator to express regret over not having a vaccine.

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Kevin’s mother, Terri Mitchem, said: “He called me and said, ‘Mom, I love you, and I wish I could get the shot’.” Of course I told him, ‘This is the past. You can’t do anything about it.'”

He and other relatives had tried to persuade both his son and his wife to get the vaccine.

Mr. Mitchem’s father, Dom, told NBC 4: “We’ll just say, ‘Hey, Kevin let’s take a shot, dude. It’s not going to hurt you,'”

In response, his son will bluntly say: “Oh, I know. I’m fine. I won’t get the shot. I don’t need it.”

His family is now urging those who have not yet been vaccinated, to get vaccinated.

“Please get it,” said Kevin’s father. “That virus will take you at any age. But taking a mother and father, it is unfair. “

Kevin and Misty met in high school and had four children together, ranging in age from one to 11. Kevin also had an adult daughter and a grandson from a previous relationship.

As NBC 4 reports, their children are now being looked after by an aunt in South Carolina.

The retired head of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) acknowledged on Sunday that top public health officials had underestimated the level of resistance many Americans would have toward getting vaccinated against Covid-19.

Dr. Francis Collins said: “Looking back, I think we underestimated the issue of vaccine hesitancy. We used the best science to make these vaccines and to make sure they were safe and effective. Were completely dedicated to trying to bring that forward.”

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Couple

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