Man Who Died From COVID Told Nurses He Wished He Had Been Vaccinated

A COVID-19 patient who contracted the virus while watching an England soccer match told nurses he wished he had been vaccinated before he died.

Glenn Barrett, 51, from Lincolnshire, in the East Midlands of England, died following a grueling three-week fight against COVID-19, according to Grimsby Live.

His relatives told the outlet they believe Barrett became infected with the virus while watching a Euros 2020 match.

Before being put into an induced coma, Barrett told a nurse "he wished he had" taken the opportunity to have the vaccine.

His cousin, Ken Meech, who called 6ft 3ins Glenn his "big brother" has since called on anyone who hasn't been vaccinated to get jabbed against COVID-19.

He told Grimsby Live: "If he had, he would still be with us today.

"I'm not a doom monger or someone who's telling you what you should do or not do. After all, we are supposed to live in a free world.

"But this is one of the saddest times of my life, losing my cousin, Big Glenn Barrett to COVID."

Barrett had been watching the England vs Croatia match on June 13 and became ill shortly afterward.

According to the outlet, the Old Clee Club, where Barrett had watched the game, had found seven other people tested positive shortly after watching the match, including a man in his 20s who needed intensive care.

The club soon underwent a deep clean, but the infected are understood to have also mixed at other locations.

Grimsby Live reported that Barrett and the other man had not been vaccinated and that the 51-year-old had previously had his spleen removed after a motorcycle crash.

Ken continued to tell the outlet: "There are those who say that Glenn if he had the jabs, would still be with us today. Being around my family and friends we believe his chances were much better if he had."

Infections in the U.K. continue to rise to numbers not seen since the winter earlier this year and, since Monday, removed the last legal restrictions regarding social distancing and wearing masks.

The CDC has encouraged anyone who has been offered to take the COVID-19 vaccine to do so.

It has warned that there could be so-called "vaccine breakthrough cases" where people can still become ill despite being fully vaccinated.

But, the CDC did stress these cases would make up "a small percentage of fully vaccinated people."

It added: "There is some evidence that vaccination may make illness less severe for those who are vaccinated and still get sick."

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A medical staff member prepares a syringe with a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pop up vaccine clinic at the Jewish Community Center on April 16, 2021 in the Staten Island borough of New York City. Barrett reportedly said he wished he had the vaccine. ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images