United States is one of the countries with the highest Covid-19 vaccination rates globally. According to the most recent data provided by CDC, 251.9 million people had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, including about 213.7 million people who had been fully vaccinated by the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine or the two-dose series made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.
In addition to those who are already partially or fully immunized, nearly 91.4 million people decided to get the third, booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccines which currently provides the highest offered protection against the deadly virus including the Omicron variant. That means that around 42.8% of the fully vaccinated decided to further improve their protection against the virus and this number is expected to continue to grow in the upcoming period.
While these more than 91 million people opted for their best option, there are people who are having hard times to even get their first shot. So was the case with the 45-year-old N. Regnier, a California mother of three with multiple sclerosis, who died after contracting the deadly virus and her family are now suing the hospital because they wrongfully refused to vaccinate her against Covid-19 a total of seven times.
According to ABC 7 who were among the first to report about this tragic case two weeks ago, Regnier’s family is suing Kaiser Hospital because they wrongfully refused to vaccinate the woman seven times over the course of a few months claiming that the vaccines contained a “live virus”, which is false. Regnier, who worked as a realtor and was a “healthy mom” known as “very active in the community”, contracted the virus and died in December.
In February last year, Regnier was placed on a new regimen of medication to manage her MS, which suppressed her immune system. When she initially asked to get the shot, she was told she is not eligible for one because the vaccines contain a “live virus” although none of the vaccines do. The attorney who now represents the family said she asked to get vaccinated a total of seven times in the next six months and she was denied every single time.
“When you’re immunocompromised you need the Covid-19 vaccine,” said the attorney Della Donna at a news conference few days ago.
Last August Regnier decided to contact her neurologist and ask him about the Covid-19 shots. He reportedly said to her what she was told about the vaccines in the Kaiser hospital is untrue and encouraged Regnier to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Two days after their call, Regnier rushed to the Kaiser hospital to once again ask to get the shot, she was tested and the test came positive.
Since it was already too late for a vaccine, Regnier was treated with antibiotics and steroids which according to the attorney, are not recommended and can be harmful. Regnier condition worsened and her husband decided to discharge her from Kaiser as soon as they were denied monoclonal antibody treatment. In the second hospital were also told it’s already too late for antibody treatment and they returned back to Kaiser where she later died.
“Twice, this husband relied on Kaiser for medical guidance and twice they failed him,” Eric Dubin, one of the attorneys representing the family said, adding: “It’s a devastating case.”
“If you’re told you shouldn’t get the vaccine because it’s a live vaccine that’s just flat-out wrong. And everybody whose immune system is down needs to get the vaccine. That’s why we’re doing this. We don’t want this poor woman’s life to be taken in vain,” the attorney added.
Regnier left her husband and her three children aged 14, 16, and 29.
Once more details are available, we will update the case.