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Vaccinated affected person interviewed from hospital mattress

BATON ROUGE – As Baton Rouge Common appears at a record-breaking 181 COVID sufferers, the variety of breakthrough instances are solely rising.

Of all of BRG’s hospitalizations, 90% are unvaccinated with 15 vaccinated, two of them are 75-year-old Rhonda Townsend and her husband who accomplished their sequence again in February.

“I knew you would get COVID however you’ll stay or have a greater likelihood,” stated Rhonda.

Now she sits eight months later with COVID in her hospital mattress speaking to WBRZ over the cellphone and from a distance saying Monday she’s feeling higher than earlier than. Rhonda is one in all few, unsure the place she caught the virus however stated that when they have been vaccinated that they had the identical mindset so many had.

“We have been similar to the folks, we pulled off the masks began touching issues. I assumed I used to be hunky dory however you are not,” stated Rhonda.

She and her husband have been recognized on July 25th then quickly hospitalized. She had pneumonia and he was battling kidney stones. They’re recovering and credit score that to the shot.

When requested if she was pleased she acquired the vaccine, she responded, “Sure ma’am, as a result of I consider with out the shot I’d be lifeless.”

She added she would do all of it once more in a heartbeat.

“It is an opportunity you are taking. Life is life, you may’t conceal from it. I knew that issue that you just get a shot and you continue to would possibly get it. They’ve so many variants and also you simply cannot conceal from it. You gotta do what you may to guard your self,” Rhonda stated.

At BRG the typical age of vaccinated sufferers is 73, whereas unvaccinated it is 54. Officers remind everybody that even with the vaccine, breakthrough instances are potential. For Rhonda, she’s discharged, one factor that’ll keep shut is her masks.

“I’d even get myself a spacesuit,” Rhonda stated as she laughed.

Whereas Ronda and her husband will likely be okay, BRG says that is not the case for a lot of unvaccinated {couples} their age, some touchdown within the ICU or on ventilators.

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