Tricia Jones, who was just 45-years-old when she died, did not want the jab after reading news reports about people suffering rare side effects – such as blood clots and heart inflammations. The mother opted to wait to get her dose of the vaccine, but in the spring she died from Covid.
Within a month of contracting the Delta variant, Ms Jones was put in hospital and needed a mechanical ventilator before passing away shortly after.
Her family is now urging the public to get vaccinated to avoid the same thing happening to them.
FOX 4 reports Deborah Carmichael, Ms Jones’ mother, said she got her Covid vaccine as soon as it became available – though her daughter did not share this mentality.
She added: “She was afraid of the side effects, I think.
“You hear a lot of horror stories. I, myself, when I had the shot, it was rough, so it scared her and freaked her out. So she didn’t want to do it. I couldn’t convince her.”
Ms Jones’ son caught the virus at school in April, which was later confirmed to be linked to the Delta variant.
Both she and her husband, Keith, soon fell ill too – leaving the entire Missouri-based family infected with Covid.
Ms Carmichael said: “After she got it, she said: ‘Mom you were right, about the shot, about masks, being diligent and all that.’
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“It wasn’t my choice. It wasn’t what I wanted. Everything in me was screaming: “No, this can’t be right. She’s only 45.’”
As a result of the tragic loss, the family is asking that anyone who is yet to be vaccinated to get their jab as soon as possible.
Ms Jones’ mother added: “Please take this seriously. You don’t want to see a family member you love go through this.
“You have a way better chance of coming out OK than if you don’t.”