Conservative Radio Host Phil Valentine's New COVID Vaccine Stance Sees People Get Shots

Mark Valentine, the brother of conservative talk radio host Phil Valentine who is hospitalized with COVID, has said "dozens and dozens" of people have gotten vaccinated after his brother changed his stance on the shots.

Phil Valentine, a host on the Nashville, Tennessee-based radio station Supertalk 99.7 WTN, revealed earlier this month that he had fallen sick with COVID. Prior to his diagnosis, Valentine had been publicly skeptical about the need for all adults to get the COVID vaccine, including by posting a parody song online called Vaxman. The song spoke about personal freedoms around vaccination.

Since being hospitalized by the disease, his family said in a statement that he plans to "vigorously advocate" for COVID vaccines.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control states on its website that COVID vaccines are safe and effective and "millions of people in the United States have received COVID-19 vaccines under the most intense safety monitoring in U.S. history."

In the past few days, Mark Valentine has appeared on a number of outlets to speak about his brother's condition and spread his new message. Speaking to CNN on Monday, Mark Valentine said: "We have had dozens and dozens of people who have responded to the different media that we're... presently involved with, that have said, we went and got vaccinated because of this."

Referring to his brother's wife, named only as Susan in reports, Mark Valentine went on: "I want to see people regardless of whatever threat, risk you think you are, go get the dadgum shot and don't put people that you love in the position that Susan's in right now, having to be with him 14 hours a day, not knowing whether he's going to live or die."

Regarding his brother's attitude towards vaccines, Mark Valentine said: "Phil has never been an anti-vax person." He said that he previously said people should assess the situation based on the risks they faced, speak to their physician and then decide whether to get vaccinated.

"But he recognizes now that his not getting the vaccination has probably caused a bunch of other people not to get vaccinated, and that, he regrets. He regrets not being more pro-vaccination and more vehemently advocating that position."

Doctors had used a bipap machine to help the radio host breathe at night, and had him on a high-flow oxygen mask in the day to keep his oxygen levels up.

In an interview with Supertalk 99.7 WTN's Brian Wilson on Tuesday, Mark Valentine said his brother had been able to go without the bipap machine the night before last, but was yet to independently keep his oxygen saturation levels at a healthy level. While the medical markers needed to show that he was beginning to recover had not materialised, there was no sign that he needed a ventilator to breathe, he said.

Mark Valentine described the situation as a "war between Phil's system and the virus," and said he was confident his brother would win.

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Conservative talk show radio host Phil Valentine is pictured on the right. Valentine is currently hospitalised with COVID. Mark Valentine