The sister of a match and wholesome man who died from COVID-19 says her brother was “beating himself up” over his choice to not get vaccinated throughout his ultimate days, as she issued a warning over jabs misinformation.
John Eyers, 42, from Southport, Merseyside died final week – precisely a month after catching the virus.
The “match” and “adventurous” father-of-one had been climbing Welsh mountains and wild tenting a month earlier than he turned significantly ailing.
His twin sister Jenny McCann, from London, instructed Sky Information her brother “purchased into” misinformation surrounding the protection of coronavirus vaccines and did not imagine he would die from the virus.
She mentioned: “[Firstly], he felt that he was younger, match, wholesome, very energetic and actually into his well being and vitamin.
“He felt that he could be okay and I believe he did not know anybody who had [contracted] COVID.
“Secondly, he had purchased barely into this age of disinformation that we live in and a few conspiracy theories concerning the security of the vaccine and what’s in [it].
“I had tried to dissuade him from that.”
Mr Eyers, who leaves behind a 19-year-old daughter, deteriorated rapidly when he was admitted to Southport hospital with the virus in the beginning of July.
He was moved to intensive care per week later however confronted a “very fast decline” from then on.
“The hospital threw every part at him”, Ms McCann mentioned.
“Lastly when the Euros finals had been on – which bizarrely was additionally eight years to the day that my mum was in the identical intensive care unit, which was clearly very traumatic for my brother – John was ventilated and it was very scary for him.”
Whereas he was nonetheless acutely aware, Mr Eyers admitted to medical doctors that he regretted his choice to not get vaccinated.
Ms McCann mentioned: “He did not admit it to me personally.
“He was a extremely proud and cussed man. I believe that might have been a extremely onerous factor for him mentally to should grapple with.
“However he did discuss to his very pretty physician about [his decision]. He was beating himself up and wished he had finished it.”
Mr Eyers was positioned on a ventilator for simply over two weeks earlier than he died.
Ms McCann mentioned individuals’s anger needs to be directed in direction of those that unfold misinformation, as an alternative of those that select to not get vaccinated.
“I believe we must be actually clear about this. It should not be the individuals which can be believing disinformation that we needs to be indignant at.
“It needs to be the small group of people who find themselves spreading disinformation and making lies reality.”
Mr Eyer’s “avoidable and mindless” demise has left a “mountain-shaped gap” within the lives of his household and associates.
Ms McCann appreciates vaccination is a private selection however says she desires individuals to be correctly knowledgeable, as an alternative of believing what they see on social media.
“This might occur to you – you might be one of many unfortunate ones,” she mentioned.
“Do not imagine the disinformation. Search skilled medical recommendation and do not take heed to individuals on Fb spreading lies.”