A woman who was skeptical about the COVID-19 vaccine received the shot just minutes before her husband passed away from the virus in a death she now thinks could have been prevented.
Christina Lowe and her husband Mikel were not willing to get vaccinated and believed it was more about “money and power” than protecting people until Mikel fell ill.
The 38-year-old man, who has two sons with his wife aged just five and six, died last week but before he passed away, he promised he would receive the vaccine if he recovered.
Mikel Lowe had worked as a firefighter out of the Naval Air Station Base in Coronado, San Diego and was a native of San Diego County.
However, the family had moved out of California because of his opposition to the state’s recent politics. He died from COVID-19 on August 29.
“I just always thought it’s never going to happen to us,” Lowe told NBC San Diego.
“It can’t happen to us. We’re young, we’re healthy. And then it did happen to us, and then you start playing the regret game,” she said.
“We thought the vaccine was rushed,” Lowe said. “We thought it was more about money and power than about Americans and protecting the people.”
“We honestly thought that COVID was mostly political,” Lowe went on. She said they had friends who’d had COVID -19 but their symptoms had been mild and they thought they would be safe as young and healthy people until Mikel got the disease.
“I went upstairs to check on him and his face was purple and blue,” Lowe said of her husband’s condition. “He was struggling to breathe on oxygen.”
“The last time I saw him they were taking him out to the ambulance,” she said. “And I had to Facetime with my husband while he was unconscious, and that’s how I had to say my goodbyes.”
Mikel Lowe urged Christina to get vaccinated while he was suffering from COVID-19 in hospital. Christina did receive the shot but later learned she’d been vaccinated just minutes before Mikel’s time of death.
“I was getting the vaccine as they were trying to bring him back from him coding,” Lowe said. She told NBC San Diego that she is worried about the future of her two sons.
“They are 5 and 6 and they are now without their father. And it’s just absolutely heartbreaking for all of us,” she said.
Lowe said she hopes other vaccine skeptics choose to get the shot.
“Like I said, it might be political. But your life isn’t worth that,” she said. “Your life isn’t worth thinking this is because of the president, or this is because of the governor. Because once you’re gone, none of that matters.”