As the delta variant is spreading rapidly through the United States, it's never been more important to get vaccinated against COVID-19. But in spite of this, there are still many people who are skeptical of (and thus refusing to get) the vaccine.
In order for us to achieve any sort of normal life again in the near future, it's vitally important for everyone to be protected against the virus. Now, those who refused the vaccine and ended up getting sick are sharing their stories in order to help others avoid making the same mistake.
New Orleans resident Steve Witschel is one of many sharing his story. "If you haven't gotten it yet, go get the vaccine. I wish I did. The last week or so, my life was hell. I thought I was going to die," he shared with ABC. "I've never been that sick and never felt that miserable, never had that little energy. I could barely brush my teeth without running out of breath. It's horrible. Once I'm out of this, hopefully, I get out of this, I will get the vaccine for sure. And I'm going to wear a mask all the time."
Curtis Cannon, a seventy-five-year-old from Shreveport, Louisiana, agreed. "They need to get vaccinated because this isn't fun," he beseeched - plus, he promised he'd get vaccinated as soon as he was discharged from hospital.
In Bristol Regional Medical Center Hospital in Tennessee, another unvaccinated patient, Travis Campbell, also spoke out. "When you feel like you have to fight for your life, you don't realize that you're fighting for every single breath all day long," he said. "We thought it wasn't an urgent matter to get the vaccine and I was wrong. I would rather be covered and protected and if something does happen and I have to worry about the repercussions of the vaccine versus being buried in seven days. I beg you, please see your doctor and make an evaluated decision and protect your family or prepare yourself for your next life."
Ian Woods also spoke out from the UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. "I honestly thought it would be kind of like getting the flu. And I would probably just lay up in bed for a few days in my house and nourish myself back to health. Don't be afraid to get [the vaccine -- just go ahead and get it. It's worth it."
Lateasa McLean, a fifty-one-year-old in Lincoln County, North Carolina, shared a similar view after being hospitalized twice with the virus. "I should have gotten vaccinated. And now I'm putting my family through this, for something I could have prevented," she revealed. "I just want everybody to listen to my story and please just get vaccinated."
Remember, the vaccine will not only save your life... but it will also save millions of others.