Unvaccinated, Hospitalized: Patient Now Advocates For Shots

Medical personnel check the temperature of COVID-19 patient Cedric Daniels, 37, of Gonzales, La., at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Louisiana is leading the nation in the number of new COVID cases per capita and remains one of the bottom five states in administering vaccinations. (AP Photo/Ted Jackson)

(AP) — A Louisiana man is regretting his decision to not get the coronavirus vaccine as he recovers from a hospital stay and prays for a 22-year-old nephew who is in intensive care on a ventilator and in a medically induced coma.

Cedric Daniels of Gonzales says both he and Joshua Bradstreet Contreras became ill a few days after they saw each other in New Orleans. Each was the only member of his household to not be vaccinated. Their inoculated relatives have not gotten sick.

Daniels says he now wants to get a vaccine and thinks others should get vaccinated as well. Doctors say if his nephew survives, he will be in for a long, slow recovery.


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