A doctor says that patients on their death beds are begging her to give them the Covid jab.
Dr Brytney Cobia, from Alabama, US, has described the heartbreaking scenes she has witnessed at her hospital during the pandemic.
But while dying patients, in their final hours, have been desperate for the vaccine, she says she has had to tell them that 'it's too late'.
In a post to her Facebook page, she said: "I'm admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious Covid infections. One of the last things they do before they're intubated is beg me for the vaccine.
"I hold their hand and tell them that I'm sorry, but it's too late. A few days later, when I call time of death, I hug their family members.
"I tell them the best way to honour their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same.
"They cry. And they tell me they didn't know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political.
"They thought because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin colour they wouldn't get as sick.
"They thought it was 'just the flu'. But they were wrong. And they wish they could go back. But they can't. So they thank me and they go get the vaccine.
"And I go back to my office, write their death note, and say a small prayer that this loss will save more lives."
According to figures, 42.6 percent of the adult population in Alabama are now fully vaccinated.
Describing what life as like before the vaccine, though, Dr Cobia said it was just 'tragedy after tragedy'.
"Back in 2020 and early 2021, when the vaccine wasn't available, it was just tragedy after tragedy after tragedy," she told Al.com.
"You know, so many people that did all the right things, and yet still came in, and were critically ill and died.
"It's really hard because all of us physicians and other medical staff, we've been doing this for a long time and all of us are very, at this point, tired and emotionally drained and cynical."
Dr Cobia said she tries not to judge people who come into her hospital and haven't been vaccinated yet.
But she now urges people who are hesitant about getting jabbed to see their doctor to discuss their concerns.
She said: "And the one question that I always ask them is, did you make an appointment with your primary care doctor and ask them for their opinion on whether or not you should receive the vaccine?
"And so far, nobody has answered yes to that question."
Featured Image Credit: Brytney Cobia
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