Tricia Jones, 45 (pictured), of Grain Valley, Missouri, didn’t get vaccinated against COVID-19 over fears of side effects
Tricia Jones, 45, from Grain Valley, was hesitant about getting the shot after hearing news reports about people suffering rare side effects such as blood clots or heart inflammation and decided to wait.
However, in the spring, she contracted the Delta variant and never recovered, reported FOX 4.
Within a month, Jones was hospitalized, placed on a mechanical ventilator and, soon after, passed away.
Her family is now urging the public to get vaccinated and risk falling ill with COVID-19 like Jones did.
It comes the Delta variant has been declared the dominant strain of the virus in the U.S., making up 51.7 percent of all new infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Jones’s mother, Deborah Carmichael, told FOX 4 that she got her COVID-19 vaccine when it became available to her in the spring.
However, her daughter was undecided and wanted to wait.
‘She was afraid of the side effects, I think,’ Carmichael told FOX 4.
‘You hear a lot of horror stories. I, myself, when I had the shot, it was rough, so it scared her and freaked her out. So she didn’t want to do it. I couldn’t convince her.’
Her son contracted the virus in April at school and it was found to be linked to the Indian ‘Delta’ variant, and soon Jones and her husband fell ill. Pictured: Jones (left) with her mother
Jones (pictured) was hospitalized, placed on a ventilator on May 13 and passed away on June 9,
In April, Jones’s son contracted the virus at his middle school, and it was later learned that his infection was linked to the Delta variant.
It wasn’t long before Jones and her husband, Keith, both fell ill too.
Also know as B.1.617.2, the Delta variant has been labeled as a ‘double mutant’ by India’s Health Ministry because it carries two mutations: L452R and E484Q.
L452R is the same mutation seen with the California homegrown variant and E484Q is similar to the mutation seen in the Brazilian and South African variants.
Both of the mutations occur on key parts of the virus that allows it to enter and infect human cells.
‘After she got it, she said: “Mom you were right, about the shot, about masks, being diligent and all that,”‘ Carmichael told FOX 4.
‘I was like: “I don’t want to be right. I want you to be well. That’s all that matters.”‘
The Delta variant is now the dominant strain of coronavirus, accounting for more than half of all new cases in the U.S., a
More than 80% of new infections in Midwestern states such as Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, with low vaccinations rates are linked to the Delta variant
Jones’s health rapidly deteriorated. She was hospitalized at Research Medical Center in Kansas City in early May and placed on a ventilator on May 13.
Although her COVID-19 symptoms gradually disappeared, her respiratory health never improved and passed away on June 9.
‘I never would have thought I would lose my daughter at 45,’ Carmichael told FOX 4.
‘It wasn’t my choice. It wasn’t what I wanted. Everything in me was screaming: “No, this can’t be right. She’s only 45.”‘
The family told FOX 4 it is encouraging all Americans to get their vaccines and not risk dying from the disease.
‘Please take this seriously. You don’t want to see a family member you love go through this,’ Carmichael said.
‘You have a way better chance of coming out OK than if you don’t.’