A conservative radio host and vaccine skeptic, who mentioned he wouldn’t get vaccinated as a result of he had a “low risk” of getting COVID-19 and dying from it, has died after being hospitalized with the virus, his employer mentioned.
Phil Valentine’s dying at age 61 was introduced Saturday by Nashville radio station SuperTalk 99.7 WTN. The Tennessee-based speak radio host was first hospitalized in late July with the virus.
An announcement from his household on the time of his hospitalization mentioned his sickness led him to have second ideas and regrets in regards to the vaccines’ significance and inspired individuals to “go get vaccinated.”
“Phil would like for his listeners to know that while he has never been an ‘anti-vaxer’ he regrets not being more vehemently ‘Pro-Vaccine’, and looks forward to being able to more vigorously advocate that position as soon as he is back on the air, which we all hope will be soon,” his household mentioned in a assertion posted to Facebook by the radio station.
Valentine had expressed his skepticism of the coronavirus vaccines and masks on his radio program and social media, with one in every of his final tweets on July 15 questioning the security of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Back in December, he tweeted that individuals ought to do a “risk assessment” on whether or not they need to get vaccinated.
“I have a very low risk of A) Getting COVID and B) dying of it if I do. Why would I risk getting a heart attack or paralysis by getting the vaccine?” he posted.
He additionally recorded a Beatles parody track, “Vaxman,” that mocked the vaccine.
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