Tricia Jones, 45 (pictured), of Grain Valley, Missouri, didn't get vaccinated against COVID-19 over fears of side effects
Tricia Jones, 45, from Grain Valley, was hesitant about getting the shot after hearing news reports about people suffering rare side effects such as blood clots or heart inflammation and decided to wait.
However, in the spring, she contracted the Delta variant and never recovered, reported FOX 4.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Within a month, Jones was hospitalized, placed on a mechanical ventilator and, soon after, passed away.
Her family is now urging the public to get vaccinated and risk falling ill with COVID-19 like Jones did.
It comes the Delta variant has been declared the dominant strain of the virus in the U.S., making up 51.7 percent of all new infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Jones's mother, Deborah Carmichael, told FOX 4 that she got her COVID-19 vaccine when it became available to her in the spring.
However, her daughter was undecided and wanted to wait.
'She was afraid of the side effects, I think,' Carmichael told FOX 4.
'You hear a lot of horror stories. I, myself, when I had the shot, it was rough, so it scared her and freaked her out. So she didn't want to do it. I couldn't convince her.'
Her son contracted the virus in April at school and it was found to be linked to the Indian 'Delta' variant, and soon Jones and her husband fell ill. Pictured: Jones (left) with her mother