Unvaccinated TikTok star begs followers to get Covid jabs in haunting video before death

By Zoe Delaney

TikTok star Alexandra Blankenbiller begged her followers to get vaccinated just days before she died of coronavirus.

The 31-year-old social media star spent her final days in a hospital bed in Florida, documenting her experience on TikTok.

Nine days after posting her final video online, unvaccinated Alexandra sadly passed away following complications linked to coronavirus.

Prior to her passing, the TikTok star urged others not to hesitate when it comes to getting vaccinated in order to protect yourself from the deadly virus.

"I don’t have a lot of energy for talking, so I’m going to try to make this quick," the Jacksonville, Florida resident told her 16,300 followers in her final TikTok update.

"I did not get vaccinated. I’m not anti-vax. I was just trying to do my research. I was scared."

She continued to reveal that she believed that her hesitation to get jabbed had been a mistake.

"'I do think it was a mistake," she confessed in the video.

"I shouldn’t have waited. If you are even 70 per cent sure you want the vaccine, go get it. Don’t wait. Go get it. Because hopefully if you get it, then you won’t end up in the hospital like me."

The star's final video, filmed from her hospital bed, has been viewed over 905,000 times since it was uploaded on August 15.

WedMD reported that Alexandra lost her battle against the bug nine days later.

The TikTok vlogger posted four videos to her channel throughout her stay in the Florida hospital.

In one of the clips, she speaks about her decision to wait to get the life-saving vaccine and how she and her family had planned to go together to get their shot.

"It's OK to have questions, but I'm just telling you guys I was for weeks really thinking about getting it, ready to get it, but frankly I waited because I was trying to convince my whole family to do it at the same time," the 31-year-old said before her tragic death.

"But if you are in my boat and you're waiting to convince someone else to do it with you, don't. Just get vaccinated."

The late star, along with her mother and two sisters, had made an appointment to get vaccinated but fell ill before she could get the FDA approved shot.

Since her death, Alexandra's sister, who also got struck down by coronavirus, has opened up about the 'misinformation' surrounding the contagious disease.

"It's no secret this is something that should be taken seriously," Cristina Blankenbiller told WebMD.

"But there's so much misinformation out there."

After falling ill and becoming hospitalised, Alexandra took to TikTok to make her first video from her sick bed.

In the background, screams of pain could be heard as Florida experiences its worst coronavirus surge since the start of the pandemic last year.

Alexandra captioned the first of four videos: "The ‘vid [covid] got me guys. DO NOT WAIT TO GET VACCINATED! Go now!! And please pray/send good vibes, etc for me. Stay safe muffins!'

Sister Rachel Blankenbiller said the TikTok star's desire to help others while sick showed how 'selfless' she was.

"Her final video really showed a lot of who she was," she told WebMD when paying tribute to her late sister.

"She was selfless. The type of person who used her final days to help others."

"She found beauty in everything and everyone," she added. '

"She loved people without judgment. Regardless of whether you wanted her love or not, you'd get it."


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