Antwone Rivers, 39, and his wife, Hollie Rivers, of Lincoln Park, Michigan, took the pandemic seriously and were careful to adhere to all Covid-19 precautions and advice, such as wearing a mask and social distancing.
But both hesitated when it came to getting the shot, a decision Ms Rivers has now regretted.
“It was funny because two weeks before it happened we were talking about it more, saying maybe we should get the shot, and now it’s like, a big loss for everyone,” he said. Ms Rivers told Fox 2 Detroit.
Ms. Rivers was then asked if she would change her vaccination decision now given what had happened.
“Yes, no questions asked,” she said.
The family were told Mr Rivers, a black man, had Covid-19 after he called in sick from work in April. He and his wife then tested positive, but as she recovered from the virus, her health quickly deteriorated.
Black and Hispanic Americans are more likely to be reluctant to a vaccine than white Americans, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation survey.
The foundation found that 59% of black Americans have received or intend to receive a Covid-19 vaccine, while 13% said they definitely will not get a vaccine and 7% said they won’t. would do that if necessary. This compared to 66% of white Americans who said they had received or intended to receive a Covid-19 vaccine.
“I know it was like a week after he got Covid he started to feel worse and I started to feel better,” Ms Rivers told the local news station.
Mr. Rivers, who had no underlying health problem, was admitted to hospital. Doctors then put him on a ventilator, but he died of Covid-19 on May 13.
“Mostly it looks like a dream and it hasn’t hit me yet,” Ms. Rivers said.
She was now using her platform to encourage other Americans to receive a Covid-19 vaccine as soon as possible.
Health and government officials are now scrambling to target communities where people have expressed reluctance to receive any of the available Covid-19 vaccines.