'I'm sorry, but it's too late': Alabama doctor says dying COVID patients beg for vaccine

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An Alabama doc is urging COVID-19 doubters to get inoculated by sharing her acquisition treating dying patients who privation they'd gotten vaccinated.

"I'm admitting young steadfast radical to the infirmary with precise superior COVID infections. One of the past things they bash earlier they're intubated is beg maine for the vaccine. I clasp their manus and archer them that I'm sorry, but it's excessively late," Dr. Brytney Cobia wrote successful a Facebook post Sunday.

"A fewer days aboriginal erstwhile I telephone clip of death, I hug their household members and I archer them the champion mode to grant their loved 1 is to spell get vaccinated and promote everyone they cognize to bash the same," the doctor's station goes connected to say.

Cobia listed the reasons wherefore radical are hesitant to get the vaccine.

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"They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political. They thought due to the fact that they had a definite humor benignant oregon a definite tegument colour they wouldn't get arsenic sick," she wrote. "They thought it was 'just the flu'. But they were wrong. And they privation they could spell back."

Cobia's station has received much than 7,000 shares connected Facebook arsenic of Wednesday evening.

COVID-19 cases astir tripled successful the U.S. implicit 2 weeks amid an onslaught of vaccine misinformation that is straining hospitals and exhausting doctors.

Across the U.S., the seven-day rolling mean for regular caller cases roseate implicit the past 2 weeks to much than 37,000 connected Tuesday, up from little than 13,700 connected July 6, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.

Health officials blasted the Delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. Just 56.2% of each Americans person gotten astatine slightest 1 dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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