'I am furious with myself': Unvaccinated Covid patients describe exhausting illness

By Corrie David

Unvaccinated patients have been speaking out about their regrets of not getting the vaccine as they fight the infection from their hospital beds.

As of September 8, 2021, 74.6 per cent of adults in Wales had received one dose of a Covid-19 jab, and 69.3 per cent of adults in Wales had received both vaccines. While some of those unvaccinated are not medically able to receive a vaccine, others are against vaccines or just haven't found the time to get one.

For those eligible and unvaccinated, those in hospitals are urging them to not make the same mistakes they did.

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Amiee Matzen, 44, in the USA told CNN how "furious" she was with herself for not getting vaccinated.

"The fact that I am here now, I am furious with myself," she said between deep, deliberate breaths, "because I was not vaccinated."

Amiee's words came from a hospital bed in a Covid-19 ICU, where she was receiving oxygen treatments and hoping to avoid being hooked up to a ventilator.

She explained that she wasn't anti-vaccination, that she just didn't find the time to receive the inoculation, stating something would come up.

"I have this feeling... if I was vaccinated, I wouldn't be hospitalised," she said.

Elsewhere in the USA, father of six Joe Gammon spoke to KHN of his naivety at not getting vaccinated.

From his bed in an ICU unit, the 45-year-old said: “If I would have known six months ago that this could be possible, this would have been a no-brainer. But I honestly didn’t think I was at any risk.”

Like Amiee, Joe didn't class himself an anti-vaxxer, but he said media that downplayed the pandemic and promoted personal freedom dissuaded him from booking an inoculation.

He asked others to seek out a second opinion and stated: "Just to say ‘no’ is irresponsible. Because it might not necessarily affect you. What if it affected your spouse? Or your child? You wouldn’t want that. You sure wouldn’t want that on your heart."

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