But I’m paying the price,” Travis Campbell said.
A father from Virginia who contracted the coronavirus is spending his days in the hospital urging people to get vaccinated.
Travis Campbell has been in the hospital since late July, CNN reported. Since then, he turned his personal Facebook account into an advocacy page for vaccines against COVID-19.
As Campbell endures the symptoms brought on by the coronavirus, he posts videos of himself in oxygen masks, spreading the message through at times labored breathing.
“I messed up big time, guys. I didn’t get the vaccine,” Campbell, while wearing an oxygen mask, said on Wednesday. I made a mistake, I admit it.”
When asked why he didn’t get vaccinated, Campbell said he and his family live in a rural part of Virginia and he didn’t feel like he had interacted with enough people to get infected.
Campbell also said he and his family believed they had gotten infected with the coronavirus last year. “We just thought we had beat our odds” of contracting the coronavirus again, he told CNN. It’s not clear whether he or his family members ever got tested or confirmed that they had COVID-19.
Still, even individuals who’ve had the coronavirus should get vaccinated against it, according to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
But now, Campbell is struggling to manage the symptoms.
“I can’t breathe. I’m drowning. I feel like I’m a fish out of water,” Campbell told CNN.
“It was my fault,” he said. “I should have took (sic) my kids and my wife and went ahead and got vaccinated anyway. But I’m paying the price.”And I just tell everybody and anybody: If you’re on the fence, I want you to take a very sharp evaluation of what your life means to you. And go get vaccinated, please, please.”
In his most recent video posted on Saturday, Campbell posted a live video to Facebook saying he feels “a little bit better” and has more strength.