An anti-vaccine right-wing radio host in West Palm Beach, Florida died Wednesday from COVID-19 complications.
Dick Farrel, 65, used his local talk show and social media to rail against Dr. Anthony Fauci, who he called a “power tripping lying freak,” and say that no one should get the coronavirus vaccine. When COVID-19 sent him to the hospital for three weeks, though, he changed his tune, urging friends to get vaccinated, friends told local station WPTV.
Farrel wrote in early July, “Vaccine Bogus Bull Shid!, Two peeps I know, got vaxed, now have Corona, hospitalized critical. Thank you Moderna, FOR NOTHING!” He erroneously told his followers they would not need the vaccine if they had already survived COVID-19. The CDC has advised former coronavirus patients to get vaccinated.
According to friends of Farrell, the late radio host urged them to get vaccinated in the days before his death.
The virus is real. The vaccines work. Two of my family members died of COVID-19, and one has been left with serious lung damage. At least a half dozen patients and friends have lost family members to the virus.
Virtually everyone I know is now vaccinated, and no one has had any issues with the vaccine other than well-tolerated side effects in the 48 hours after vaccination. None of the vaccinated I know have gotten sick.
This isn't about politics. It's about saving your own life and protecting the lives of others. Get vaccinated if you haven't done so already. Will you feel embarrassed if you change your mind? Don't tell anyone. Just get vaccinated. You will not regret it.