INDIANAPOLIS — A week and a half ago, Mark Green summoned his energy to videotape a message urging whoever was listening to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
He died Oct. 1.
Green, his family and close friends had rejected the vaccination despite their doctor’s advice. When he caught COVID-19 and was subsequently hospitalized, Green felt it was important to urge others to take the vaccine.
IndyStar was part of USA TODAY Network. He shared his story to IndyStar on September 24. A 58-year old New Palestinen man was in Greenfield’s critical care unit, tied to an oxygen-delivering device. Green, who stopped frequently to breathe in his own airway to catch his breath and said that the vaccination had become politicized. He urged all to get it.
Green was 11 days into his stay in hospital and appeared to be doing well. He even managed to smile and joke at Amy, his wife, as he sat beside him.
Green had been contemplating whether to have the vaccine in the months before he married Amy. Green was worried that vaccines are too recent and that side effects could emerge years later. He stated that it was sad much of this debate has been concentrated on Republicans being against vaccines and Democrats being in favor.
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Robert Klinestiver his physician, who he visited for an underlying lung condition, had advised him to get the vaccine. In August the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Green’s condition was not resolved when he became ill a little over a month earlier.
“I didn’t take the vaccine myself because I was scared, the unknown, what would happen two or three years down the road,” Green had told IndyStar. “Once I got sick, I kind of realized, it didn’t matter what happens down the road. What happens now is important.”
Green had earlier told Klinestiver during his hospital stay that he wanted the opportunity to be a proesistizer for the vaccine. He regained his strength and looked at the IndyStar photographer Michelle Pemberton’s video camera on Sept. 24.
He said, “Go get your vaccine.” “You have to decide if you want the future or just now.”
COVID-19 has claimed more than 15340 lives in Indiana since March 2020 when the pandemic started. It also affected more than 700,000 Americans across the country.
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An auto parts manager, Green lived in New Palestine, Indiana, and was born in Beech Grove, Indiana, according to his obituary. Green loved to play music and garden with his eleven grandchildren. He also enjoyed going to the beach. He was caring for his mother of 88 years, who had suffered from COVID-19.
He is survived by his wife, five of their children and 11 grandchildren. A heartfelt video that reminds viewers of the dangers of COVID-19 is a powerful reminder to anyone who watches it.
Green stated that the vaccine was what keeps you healthy. “You get the vaccine, it’s going to make you healthy, keep you healthy and not let this happen to you.”
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