A doctor in Alabama begged people to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as she shared grim reports of young, healthy and unvaccinated people dying from the disease.
The sober message from Dr. Brytney Cobia, who was posted Sunday on Facebook, has been liked and shared thousands of times.
“One of the last things they do before they are intubated is ask me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them I’m sorry, but it’s too late, ”she said of her COVID-19 patients.
“A few days later, when I call the time of death, I hug their family members and I tell them that the best way to honor their loved one is to be vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same.
“They are crying. And they tell me they did not know. They thought it was a deception. They thought it was political. They thought that because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin color, they would not get so sick. They thought it was ‘just the flu’. ”
But they were wrong, she said, and they can not go back.
“So they thank me and they take the vaccine. And I go back to my office, write their obituary and pray a little prayer that this loss will save more lives, ”she wrote.
As the highly contagious delta variant rises around the country, coronavirus hits the unvaccinated population with great force. In Alabama, 94% of COVID-19 hospital patients and 96% of Alabamians who have died of COVID-19 since April were not fully vaccinated, reports AL.com.
Alabama ranks among the states with the lowest percentage of vaccinated population with only 34% fully vaccinated.
Cobia, who works at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, told AL.com that the current influx of patients reminds her of November last year just before Alabama’s peak in COVID-19 cases and deaths.
“What we saw in December 2020 and January 2021 was the absolute peak, the height of the pandemic, where I signed 10 death certificates a day,” she said.
For the hesitant vaccine, she urged people to raise their concerns with their own doctors. She said she often finds that people who are not vaccinated have not talked to their doctor but instead made their decision based on information from other sources.
“And most of them, they are very honest, they give me answers. ‘I talked to this person, I saw this thing on Facebook, I got this email, I saw this in the news,’ you know, ‘those are all the reasons I was not vaccinated,’ ‘she said.