Arkansas doctor describes the 'regret and remorse' of dying COVID-19 patients who didn't get vaccinated

Arkansas doctor describes the 'regret and remorse' of dying COVID-19 patients who didn't get vaccinated
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Dr Michael Bolding of Washington Regional Medical System in a mask and standing in the hall of a COVID-19 ward.
Dr. Michael Bolding explains the impact of Arkansas' low vaccination rates. Washington Regional Medical System
  • An Arkansas doctor described fear on the faces of dying, unvaccinated COVID-19 patients.

  • Cases are surging in the state, which lags behind much of the US in vaccination rates.

  • Gov. Asa Hutchinson has urged people to get the shot.

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An Arkansas doctor gave an emotional plea for people to get vaccinated, describing "regret and remorse" on the faces of patients dying with COVID-19.

Speaking from a coronavirus unit in Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville, Dr. Michael Bolding said he wished people could see these patients' faces. The video, posted on Facebook on July 16, has been shared more than 6,300 times.

Bolding said the sick people knew "that they may be short for this world because they didn't get their vaccine."

"The regret and remorse on their face - and fear - I can't show you, I can't describe," he said.

"But that look on a patient's face, I promise you, would be more motivating than anything to go ahead and get your vaccine if you have not already," he said.

The state has experienced a major surge in cases and lags behind much of the US in vaccination rates.

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