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An unvaccinated couple refused the COVID-19 vaccine against their family’s urges.  Both parents are deceased, leaving behind four children.


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  • A couple in Virginia who refused the COVID-19 vaccine died of the disease, leaving behind their four children.

  • Kevin and Misty Mitchem, both in their 40s, have refused the COVID-19 vaccine, despite their family urging them to get the vaccine.

  • Kevin’s mother told him that some of his last words were, “Mom, I love you and wish I had the shot.”

A couple in Virginia who refused to be vaccinated against COVID-19 died of the disease within weeks of each other. They are survived by their four children and their loved ones who tried to encourage them to be vaccinated.

Kevin and Misty Mitchem both caught COVID-19 and were hospitalized after choosing not to be vaccinated.

“They were suspicious of what they heard and read on the Internet,” Mike Mitchem, Kevin’s brother, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Mike did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Data from the CDC has shown that the two-shot vaccine series from Pfizer and Moderna are very effective in preventing COVID-19 infections. About 61.9% of the population of Virginia is fully vaccinated, compared to 56.8% of the US population fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.

Kevin, 48, fell ill and was told to rest at home after testing positive for COVID-19, Mike told The Times-Dispatch. Soon after, Misty, who was 46 and living with diabetes, also fell ill.

Misty was rushed to Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg and put on a ventilator. She died shortly after September 23, according to the Times-Dispatch.

“It really came out of nowhere,” Mike told the outlet.

Don Mitchem, Kevin’s father, said Kevin called him when Misty went to the hospital and when he went himself later, according to NBC 4. Don went to the hospital to see Kevin before. that it is not put on a ventilator.

“He said, ‘Daddy I’m scared to death,’” Don told NBC 4, adding that he told Kevin to call his mother, Terry.

“He called me up and said, ‘Mum, I love you and I wish I had it,” Terry told NBC 4. “Of course I said,’ This is past. this. ‘”

Don and Terry had already received their COVID-19 booster shots and had tried to convince Kevin and Misty to get the shot.

While Mike noted that Kevin was “healthy” and “very active,” COVID-19 damaged his lungs beyond repair, The Times-Dispatch reported. He died on October 8.

Mike said he felt angry about his brother’s death.

“Part of our pain is anger,” Mike told The Times-Dispatch. “Anger because people still don’t get the vaccine.”

Kevin and Misty leave behind their four children, aged 11 to 17. Kevin also had an older daughter and a grandson.

“He had everything to live on,” Mike told The Times-Dispatch of his brother. “He had five children and a grandson, and now they’ve all lost him.”

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