JACKSONVILLE, Floride – For about two weeks, Beth Sullivan’s family has been battling COVID-19.
“My husband and I are still in bed. This has been going on for weeks and just can’t seem to get over the bump. It’s just a constant battle of fatigue, ”Sullivan said.
Sullivan is a regular at News4Jax, known for her Fashion4Ward segments on The morning show.
Sullivan and her husband are both vaccinated, but still contracted the virus. She is immunocompromised and said she suffered from severe symptoms at first.
“I had a lot of head congestion and just wasn’t feeling well, but I felt a little worse than I would normally feel and it progressed quickly from there,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan believes the vaccine kept her from going to the hospital.
“My doctor told me very, very strongly that if I hadn’t been vaccinated I would be in hospital for sure, if not dead. “
Her two sons, aged 10 and 11, also contracted the virus.
“My two children are under 12, so they are not vaccinated. “
In the past month, the Florida Department of Health reported that 6% of Florida cases were in people who had been vaccinated. Officials said the majority of cases and hospitalizations were in unvaccinated people.
Since his sons are not eligible for the vaccine, Sullivan fears they will return to school.
“I really want Duval Homeroom to come back as an option. I’m very adamant that we’re taking this seriously and I think the school board needs to do that as well.
Duval Public Schools recently said they are removing Duval HomeRoom this year. This district offers a full-time virtual school called Duval Virtual Instruction Academy.
Sulivan said recovery is slow, but she hopes to inspire others to get vaccinated.
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