Sister urges others to get vaccinated after losing father and brother

‘Do it for the people you care about’: Heartbroken sister urges others to get vaccinated after losing both her father, 60, and brother, 35, to Covid-19 in the same week because they were too scared to get jabbed

  • Payten McCall, 24, lost her father Mark and older brother Britt to Covid-19
  • Mark, 60, died early Friday morning after Britt, 35, died on Monday 
  • Mother Sherry, 58, was also being treated on a ward in Jacksonville, Florida
  • She was discharged from hospital on Friday after losing her husband and son 
  • Payten said family were afraid to get the vaccine because of health conditions
  • She is urging people not to make the same mistake and to get their jab  

A woman from Florida has told how she and her family were afraid to get vaccinated but is urging people not to make the same mistake. 

Payten McCall, 24, lost her father Mark, 60, early Friday morning and older brother Britt, 35, on Monday, who both died from Covid-19.

Ms McCall’s mother Sherry, 58, was also being treated on a ward in Jacksonville, Florida, for the virus but was allowed home on Friday.

Ms McCall told CNN: ‘It has been one of the most, roughest and hardest experiences that I have ever had to go through in my whole life and I would never, ever wish this on anybody in their family.

Payten McCall, 24, lost her father Mark (left with Ms McCall’s mother Sherry), 60, early Friday morning and older brother Britt, 35, on Monday, who both died from Covid-19

‘I mean, I wish it wasn’t me, but I sure wouldn’t wish it on anybody.’  

She added that the family was scared to get the vaccine because of health conditions, which mean they didn’t know how their bodies would react to the jabs. 

Ms MsCall continued: ‘We weren’t trying to convince anyone not to get it. We didn’t care what choices people made, but unfortunately we made the wrong one.’ 

She has now had her first dose of the vaccine since her parents were hospitalised and she tested negative for the virus. 

Ms McCall saw her dad for the last time on Thursday when she and her fiancé were able to wear full PPE and two masks for a visit.   

On Sunday, Florida broke its record for the number of people hospitalized with Covid-19, a day after it recorded the highest number of new daily cases across the state. 

The Sunshine State had 10,207 people hospitalized with confirmed Covid-19 cases, according to data reported to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. 

The previous record was from July 23, 2020, more than a half-year before vaccinations started becoming widespread, when Florida had 10,170 hospitalizations, according to the Florida Hospital Association. 

Despite the rising Covid-19 cases and hosptializations, Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has resisted mandatory mask mandates and vaccine requirements. 

The move has led to Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber to label DeSantis as the ‘pied piper’ of Covid-19 who is ‘leading everybody off a cliff’.   

Ms McCall saw her dad for the last time on Thursday when she and her fiancé were able to wear full PPE and two masks for a visit

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