The COVID death of a fully vaccinated 66-year-old Illinois woman was caused by people who chose not to be vaccinated, her family said in an obituary.
Candace Kay Ayers, from Springfield, Illinois, was a mother of two and a grandmother of three. She was fully vaccinated with Moderna Vaccine in March, but died on 3 September after a successful infection.
“She was before the death of more than 4,531,799 others infected with Covid-19,” the obituary said, referring to the death toll of Kovid across the world.
Sending a strong message to those who do not get vaccinated, the family blamed Ayers’ death on hesitation to vaccine.
“He was vaccinated, but was infected by others who chose not to. The cost was his life,” it added.
Ayers’ family said she caught Covid in July, when she visited an unrelated friend whose husband had died of Covid.
He was hospitalized as his condition worsened and was taken to the intensive care unit, where he spent his last days on a ventilator before dying of the infection.
“Mom was a fighter…and mom was very angry about people not getting vaccinated and not wearing masks,” said her son, 36-year-old Mark Ayers. USA Today.
In a Facebook post about a month before his mother’s death, Mr Ayers said his family believes in science and urged people to get vaccinated and follow the mask mandate.
“If you are able to get vaccinated and/or wear a mask but refuse, just know that your selfish actions are putting the lives of others at risk,” he said.
“We were responsible, we wore masks indoors, and were very happy to have received a complete vaccine so that we can get out of this pandemic and move on with our lives. Unfortunately some of you misunderstood the political nature of this crisis and put my family’s life in danger,” he said.
He said that both his parents got Covid during the journey. While his fully vaccinated father recovered, his mother’s condition worsened as she had pre-existing rheumatoid Arthritis, making him immune.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), decisive infection occurs when a person catches COVID at least 14 days after the second dose of vaccination.
There is evidence that vaccination makes the disease less severe for people who are vaccinated and still get sick, while others may have no symptoms. Vaccinated people have a much lower risk of infection, hospitalization and death than those who are not vaccinated.
The prevalence of the delta variant in the US and a recent CDC study published earlier this month found that between April 4 and July 17, about 46,312 cases in 13 jurisdictions, or 8 percent of total COVID cases, were successful infections.
“I just would like (people without vaccinations) to read my mom’s story, what we’re going through as a family and see if they want to keep their loved ones, because I can probably assure you that this No,” said Mr. Ayers said.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Illinois