His family said in a statement that he was suffering from “COVID pneumonia” and was in the intensive care unit. He needs breathing assistance but is not on a ventilator, Radio Online reported.
Valentine hosted “The Phil Valentine Show” for years on WWTN, speaking to audiences for four hours on weekdays.
“Phil would like his listeners to know that while he’s never been an ‘anti-vaccine’, he regrets not being more vehement ‘Pro-Vaccine’, and looks forward to being able to defend this position more vigorously as soon as he is ‘pro-vaccine’. ‘it will be. back on the air, which we all hope for soon, ”his family said in a statement.
“Phil and his family would like you all to know that he loves you and appreciates your concern, thoughts and prayers more than you will ever know. Please keep praying for her recovery and get your shot! “, Continues the press release.
Valentine lives in Tennessee where the vaccine count is relatively low, with just 39% of the population fully vaccinated, according to data from John Hopkins University.
There have been more than 880,000 reported cases and more than 12,000 deaths in the state since the start of the pandemic, reports Johns Hopkins.
The state is to resume almost all of his vaccine awareness efforts for teenagers after there was a backlash over an idea to suspend the program.