Man hospitalized with COVID says he’d rather be sick than get the vaccine

A Louisiana man who contracted COVID-19 and is now hospitalized said he would rather be ill than get the vaccine.

“Here I am recovering, getting out of here finally tomorrow. Am I going to get a vaccine? No,” Scott Roe said as he lay in a bed receiving oxygen at a hospital in Baton Rouge.

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Roe, a father and small business owner, caught COVID-19 and developed pneumonia. Looking back, he says he wouldn’t have opted to get the vaccine even if it would have prevented his illness.

“I would have gone through this, yes, sir,” Roe added. “Don’t shove it down my throat. That’s what local, state, federal administration is trying to do, shove it down your throat.”

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Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center where Roe is being treated has more COVID-19 patients than any other hospital in Louisiana, admitting 23 patients in a 24-hour period over the weekend.

“I have no comorbidities, nothing, never had a lung problem. Don’t smoke, nothing. And it took my lungs and just … I don’t even know how to explain it,” COVID-19 patient Paula Johnson said. “It’s like trying to breathe in and hitting a wall in like a second.”

Johnson, also being treated at Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center, says people should get the vaccine.

“I’d say get the vaccine, take the chance, it can’t hurt, all it can do is alleviate some of the symptoms, even if it doesn’t keep you from getting it — it will at least help you get through it,” she said.

Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said on Friday that 97% of COVID-19 hospitalizations are unvaccinated people.

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