‘Tell Everyone In Our Family To Be Vaccinated,’ Says A Florida Family

Nikki Attkisson | Last Updated : September 17, 2021

Lisa Wilson spent months knocking on doors in Belle Glade, Florida, attempting to persuade residents to obtain the coronavirus vaccination. She was unsuccessful. A long-time assistant to Melissa McKinlay, Palm Beach County Commissioner, Wilson was successful in convincing pastors to speak on the need for vaccinations.

In the western agricultural town, her husband, Steve Wilson, Belle Glade Mayor, was among the first people to roll up his sleeves, expecting that many would follow his lead. The bullets were fired, despite Wilson’s claim that they would save lives, and some members from her own family chose not to believe her. Six of them later died of COVID-19-related problems in the past three weeks.

‘Tell Everyone In Our Family To Be Vaccinated,’ Says A Florida Family

Tyrone Moreland, her 48-year-old uncle, passed away in late August, setting off a chain of events. Her 89-year-old grandma, Lillie Mae Dukes Moreland, got admitted to the hospital the day after the family assembled for his burial service.

The long-time Belle Glade figure, who also had nine children as well as being the mother of Wilson, passed away only 24 hours later. Following that, three additional cousins, including Shatara Dukes, 48, and Lisa Wiggins, 53, were arrested in short succession.

'Tell Everyone In Our Family To Be Vaccinated,' Says A Florida Family

Trinitarian Moreland, 44, died on Sunday as a result of the fatal illness that he contracted while working as an associate football coach at different high schools across Palm Beach County.

Wilson believes that her uncle, as well as Shatara Dukes, who were both born on the same day, contracted the virus while working at a food kitchen where they both volunteered. However, she asserted that there does not seem to be a connection between the others.

Members of her family who had just visited her grandma were subjected to the test. All of the findings came back as unfavorable. According to her, her grandmother, though, was well-known for welcoming neighbors onto her doorstep and into her home for a conversation.

Wilson is even more perplexed as to why her members of the family have been so adamant in their refusal to be vaccinated. However, despite the fact that her brother lived, her grandma saw this as a terrible portent.

However, when the extremely infectious delta form started to spread, her concerns increased, she said. She expressed special concern for her elderly grandmother as well as her uncle, who had lost one of his kidneys many years ago and was now awaiting a kidney transplant, both of whom were under her care.

During their final conversation, which took place over Facetime from his sickbed, her uncle expressed regret for not following his sister’s advice.

“Please tell everyone in our family to be vaccinated. It’s a nightmare. She described his sobs as he strained for breath while she listened in. She said that she couldn’t bring herself to Facetime with her grandma because she was too emotional.

Her grandmother’s prognosis was bleak when she brought her to the hospital, according to the physicians. Wilson’s sad story was brought up by McKinlay on Tuesday at a routine county commission meeting when the board was receiving information on the current condition of the epidemic.

Federal Centres for Disease Prevention and Control data indicate that the virus’ spread in Florida has slowed in recent weeks after the delta strain made August the worst month since the pandemic’s inception.

Nikki Attkisson

With over 15 years as a practicing journalist, Nikki Attkisson found herself at Powdersville Post now after working at several other publications. She is an award-winning journalist with an entrepreneurial spirit and worked as a journalist covering technology, innovation, environmental issues, politics, health etc. Nikki Attkisson has also worked on product development, content strategy, and editorial management for numerous media companies. She began her career at local news stations and worked as a reporter in national newspapers.

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