Mother Who Lost Unvaccinated Daughter to COVID Delta Variant Urges Others to Get a Shot

A Missouri family is urging people to get a COVID vaccine after a mother-of-two died due to complications related to the Delta variant.

45-year-old Tricia Jones died on June 9 after catching the variant earlier in 2021, Fox 4 News reports.

Her family say she had been hesitant to get a COVID vaccine after she saw her mother, Deborah Carmichael, experience some side effects after getting her own vaccine.

As a result, Tricia Jones decided to put off getting a COVID shot. Carmichael told Missouri's KMBC 9 News: "She was also thinking, 'Yes, you know, I might get it, but I'll take my chances because you can recover.'"

Meanwhile, Tricia Jones' daughter, Adriana Jones, told the news outlet how they were advising her mother to "please just go and get [the vaccine]."

Tricia Jones eventually got sick with COVID and was hospitalized on May 13 and put on a ventilator. She died the following month.

Following Tricia Jones' death, the family have spoken out about their grief and are encouraging others to go and get vaccinated against COVID, wear masks, and practice social distancing, KMBC 9 reports.

Carmichael told Fox 4 News: "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 okay than if you don't."

Meanwhile Adriana Jones told the outlet her mother was "my best friend."

As of July 8, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) data showed 88.5 percent of people aged 65 or older in the U.S. had had at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. For people aged 18 and older, the figure was 67.3 percent.

In a June 30 press release, the Missouri Hospital Association (MHA) said more than 70 percent of Missourians over the age of 60 had "initiated or completed the vaccination series."

However, Herb B. Kuhn, MHA CEO, said: "Unfortunately, the arrival of the Delta variant in Missouri is driving transmission of the virus, and is resulting in increased illness and hospitalization among a younger population and the unvaccinated—a tragic consequence considering the vaccine's effectiveness at reducing hospitalizations and deaths."

In June, a Nebraska farmer also urged people to get a vaccine and "trust the science" after a COVID infection led to him being hospitalized with a blood clot.

Quentin Bowen, 41, from Richardson County, fell ill with the virus in May and doctors eventually found a blood clot in his lungs. He then spent a week in hospital, where he was given supplemental oxygen and blood clot medication.

Prior to his infection, Bowen had not had a COVID vaccine, but said he wanted to get one after his experience. He told the Lincoln Journal Star: "I would say trust the science, forget the politics and the social media, and get vaccinated."

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A healthcare worker administers a COVID vaccine at the John Knox Village Continuing Care Retirement Community in Florida, January 2021. As of July 8 this year, CDC data showed 88.5 percent of people aged 65 or over in the U.S. had been given at least one COVID vaccine dose. Joe Raedle/Getty