Lawrence and Lydia Rodriguez, from Texas, took precautions so as not get the virus including wearing face masks said a cousin but they were skeptical of the vaccine
A Texan couple who refused to take a Covid-19 vaccine as they did not trust them have both died of the virus and left four orphaned children.
Lawrence and Lydia Rodriguez, from La Marque, took precautions to avoid catching Covid but they did not feel comfortable taking the new vaccines, said Lydia’s cousin Dottie Jones.
She added that it cost them their lives and one of the last things that Lydia said was to make sure that her children get the vaccine.
The couple have left behind 18-year-old twins as well as a 16-year-old and an 11-year-old who all tested positive for the virus as well, but only experienced mild or no symptoms, said Ms Jones.
Lydia, 42, was hospitalised with COVID-19 over a month ago before dying last Monday.
Her 49-year-old husband Lawrence died of complications from Covid on August 2.
Ms Jones said how they were simply skeptical of the jabs but they did what they could to not get the virus, always wearing masks and not going out often.
She said: “Before she got intubated, one of the last things she told her sister was ‘please make sure my children get vaccinated’.
“They didn’t believe in vaccines, and you try to talk to them, and she just didn’t like that. Didn’t trust it, I guess.
“She would be there for her kids right now if she had been vaccinated.”
The cousin of the couple said how she is frustrated to hear the many people who are speaking out against the vaccines.
Ms Jones added: “I just am tired of the anti-vax rhetoric that is causing so many, like my cousin and her family, to not get vaccinated.”
A GoFundMe page was set up by Ms Jones while the couple was in intensive care to help the family cope with the medical bills.
So far the crowdfunding page has raised $49,430 of its $50,000 goal.
She wrote on the GoFundMe page with the couple in hospital: “Lawrence and Lydia Rodriquez, from La Marque, Texas, were admitted to UTMB-Victory Lakes on July 12th.
“Our hearts are just broken. We hurt for the kids. We hurt for them and we just want them better and home.”
She continued: “Please vaccinate. It is our desire that no other family have to endure this preventable scenario.”