“I shouldn’t have expected“. In the last video posted on his account TikTok, Megan Alexandra Blankenbiller begged her followers not to make the same mistake as her, to wait too long to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, a mistake that ultimately cost him his life.
Blankenbiller, o @atasteofalex on TikTok, died of coronavirus last month after documenting his journey with the virus through a series of short videos. She first announced that she had contracted the virus on August 13 with a video of herself in the hospital. In the caption, he urged the others: “DON’T WAIT TO GET VACCINATED! Go now!“As the weeks went by, he posted three more videos repeating the recommendation.
In one of the clips, he dispelled the misconception that those who are vaccinated cannot get Covid and explained that the injection helps your body resist the virus if you get it. In the next one, he said that he had been afraid to get the vaccine. He also said that since he had been in the hospital, he had been listening “the moans and screams of people who suffered“, the pain of those who had probably lost their loved ones.
In his final video, filmed from his hospital bed like the others, he admitted that it was getting harder to talk, but shared his own story: He was not against vaccines, but he had taken time to investigate and she wanted to get vaccinated at the hospital at the same time as her family, a decision she said she came to regret.
“I think it was a mistake. I shouldn’t have expected“, said. “If you are even 70% sure you want the vaccine, do it. Do not wait. Go get it because hopefully if you get it, won’t end up in the hospital like me, agree?“
Blankenbiller died nine days after his last video on August 15, reported CNN. He was 31 years old. As reported by WebMD, before her death the woman had made appointments to get vaccinated with her mother and sisters, but succumbed to the disease before she could get the vaccine.
In the United States, about 54% of the population received the two doses of the coronavirus vaccine, including almost two-thirds of the adult population, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since the start of the pandemic, more than 649,000 people have died of Covid in the country.