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The Illinois family of a vaccinated woman who died of COVID-19 says her death could have been avoided if more people had been vaccinated.

Candace K Ayers (66) died on September 3 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. Condolence message.


Ayers was fully vaccinated in the spring, but was diagnosed with COVID-19 on July 28, her family told State Journal-Register.

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Ayers’ family is shocked by his death and wanted to send a message to those who were still hesitant to get the vaccine.

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“She was preceded in death by more than 4,531,799 others infected with COVID-19,” her family wrote. “He was vaccinated, but was infected by other people who chose not to be. It cost his life.”

Ayers’ 36-year-old son, Mark, confirmed the family’s situation in an interview with Granthshala News.

“We want to hold every section of the population accountable and accountable for where we are today,” he said.

Mark said he has received messages of support, as well as a lot of hate messages from people who blame their mother for their deaths.

Ayers is survived by her husband Terri, almost 43 years old, their children Mark and Amanda, as well as their five grandchildren.