A doctor from Birmingham, Alabama has revealed how coronavirus patients who have not been vaccinated beg for the jab... but she tells them "it's too late".
Dr. Brytney Cobia says just one of her patients has been vaccinated and they are expected to survive. However, most of those who have not yet been jabbed are dying of the virus. She works at the Grandview Medical Centre in Birmingham also said she has witnessed young and healthy people also being admitted with "very serious Covid infections."
Dr. Cobia said as per The Metro: "One of the last things they do before they're intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I'm sorry, but it's too late.
"A few days later when I call time of death, I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honor their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same. They cry and they tell me they didn't know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political."
She continued: "They thought because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin color they wouldn't get as sick. They thought it was 'just the flu'. But they were wrong. And they wish they could go back. But they can't. So they thank me and they go get the vaccine.
"And I go back to my office, write their death note, and say a small prayer that this loss will save more lives."
Alabama has the lowest uptake of the COVID vaccine in the U.S with just thirty-three point seven percent of the population having had the jab. Unfortunately, the Delta variant, which originated in India, is spreading across the state, causing cases and subsequent hospitalizations to rise.
Referring to the second wave over winter, Dr. Cobia told AL.com: "I was signing ten death certificates a day. Now, it's certainly not like that, but it's very reminiscent of probably October, November of 2020, where we know there's a lot of big things coming up."
Dr. Cobia is now urging those who are still hesitant about getting vaccinated to speak to their primary care doctors surrounding their concerns.
She said: "I try to be very non-judgmental when I'm getting a new Covid patient that's unvaccinated, but I really just started asking them, 'Why haven't you gotten the vaccine?'
"And most of them, they're very honest, they give me answers. 'I talked to this person, I saw this thing on Facebook, I got this email, I saw this on the news,' you know, these are all the reasons that I didn't get vaccinated."
She added that it's been "really hard" for medical like herself to see people dying who are not vaccinated, saying: "We've been doing this for a long time and all of us are very, at this point, tired and emotionally drained and cynical."