More and more anti-vaxxers are dying of COVID, including one who called people who got the vaccine “idiots.”
Cirsten Weldon, who encouraged her followers to not take the vaccine, died of COVID in January. She was a Donald Trump supporter who would also post QAnon conspiracy theories on right-wing social media, according to The Daily Beast.
Weldon focused on creating videos attacking vaccines, even saying that Dr. Anthony Fauci “needs to be hung from a rope.”
“The vaccines kill, don’t get it!” Weldon said in a video. “This is how gullible these idiots are. They’re all getting [the] vaccine!”
However, in late December, she started showing symptoms of the virus and was hospitalized in Camarillo, California, The Daily Beast reported. In her last video, she talked about overthrowing the government while complaining about how exhausted she was.
Weldon posted a photo of herself wearing an oxygen mask claiming to have had “bacterial pneumonia.”
She also wrote that she refused to take a COVID treatment remdesivir, calling it “Dr. Fauci’s Resmedervir.”
Another conservative who also died of COVID in January was Kelly Canon, who peddled vaccine misinformation, according to Yahoo.com. She died after a few weeks of attending a “symposium” against the vaccine.
The Arlington Republican Party in Texas confirmed her passing on Facebook.
“Another tragedy and loss for our Republican family. Our dear friend Kelly Canon lost her battle with pneumonia today. Kelly will be forever in our hearts as a loyal and beloved friend and Patriot.”
Canon’s friends posted tributes on social media saying she died from “COVID-related pneumonia,” Yahoo.com reported.
“I am truly heartbroken to learn that my dear friend Kelly Canon has passed away from complications from COVID pneumonia,” Maggie Clopton Wright wrote. “Just yesterday she told a group of friends that she definitely felt better and that the docs had told her she had ‘turned the corner’ with improved blood test results … Later last night she developed an acute abdominal issue, was given pain meds and put on the ventilator.”
In November, Canon was talking about how her employer granted her a religious exemption for the vaccine, writing “No jabby-jabby for me! Praise GOD!”
Canon shared several links on Facebook to speeches she attended at a “COVID symposium” in Burleson to dissuade people from getting the vaccine, Yahoo.com reported. The event was organized by God Save Our Children, a conservative group that is “fighting against the use of experimental vaccines” on children.
Thirteen other prominent anti-vaxxers have also died of COVID since August: Marc Bernier, Phil Valentine, Jimmy DeYoung, Dick Farrel, Tod Tucker, Jimmy DeYoung, Sr., Gregg Prentice, Marcus Lamb, Robin Fransman, William Hartmann, Kelly Ernby, Johann Biacsics, and Douglas Kuzma.
Jeff Hoverson, a Republican state representative in North Dakota, was set to hold an anti-vax rally in Minot Nov. 8, but couldn’t attend because he was too sick after catching COVID. He is still alive.