It's just a shot. Just get the stupid shot. That vaccine could have stopped all of this. Just one little shot. I feel foolish that I didn't get it. — Ganeene Starling, a Floridian who has eight kids
It's just a shot. Just get the stupid shot. That vaccine could have stopped all of this. Just one little shot. I feel foolish that I didn't get it. — Ganeene Starling, a Floridian who has eight kids
The tragedy of Covid victims who said no to the vaccine
This is the terrible truth of America's new pandemic battlefront, as the malicious, highly infectious Delta variant surges, targeting millions who sadly left it too late to protect themselves with safe, free and effective vaccines.

Michael Freedy, a Las Vegas father of five, could still be the light of his kids' lives. Instead, they will be always haunted by one of his wrenching final texts before he died on Thursday: "I should have gotten the damn vaccine."

Kim Maginn, a 63-year-old Arkansas grandma and fitness enthusiast, should still have years to watch her family grow. Instead, her daughter, Rachel Rosser, a nurse, is left to ask why she couldn't convince her late mom to get her shots.

"I'm angry that she didn't get vaccinated. And I personally feel guilty that I didn't try harder," Rosser said.

Unfortunately, Maginn had reasoned that if she was going to come down with Covid she would have gotten it by now.

The loved ones of the dead are not alone in their poignant laments.

Some of those who survived a bout with Covid -- after long days struggling for breath or saddled with debilitating side-effects -- wonder why they didn't take a simple step to spare themselves and their loved ones from the nightmare.

Ganeene Starling, a Floridian who has eight kids, shivered to think what would have happened to her 6-year-old had Starling not made it through what she said was a "horrifying" spell in the intensive care unit. She admitted listening to people who said the government was forcing people to fill their bodies with an untested substance.

"I was one of those people that was like, 'I can't believe people are just going to just inject their body with this medication that we don't know enough about,' " Starling, 43, said. "Now I'm like, 'It's just a shot. Just get the stupid shot.' "

"That vaccine could have stopped all of this. Just one little shot. I feel foolish that I didn't get it."
Read the full article: https://www.cnn.com/2021/08/03/politics/covid-victims-who-said-no-to-the-vaccine/index.html