COVID death of teacher with cancer sees family urging people to take pictures

A Florida teacher has died from COVID complications after medical conditions advised her against getting a vaccine.

Tributes are pouring in for Kelly Peterson, 41, who was a staff member at Lake Shipp Elementary School in Winter Haven.
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Peterson had been advised against getting a COVID vaccine by medics because she was undergoing treatment for leukemia, her sister told Fox32.

She said, “Because her leukemia was so bad right now, their concern was getting the vaccine that could potentially put too much stress on her body.”

On Monday, Peterson’s sister Christy Peterson announced in a… facebook reported that the 41-year-old had died earlier that morning.

She wrote: “The world will never be the same, early this morning Kelly Peterson earned her angel wings. She died of complications from COVID. It was too much for her body to fight. She went peacefully and did not suffer.”

Christy Peterson added that she and her father were working on memorial arrangements and wanted to give her school friends a chance to pay tribute. She also said her sister was “one of a kind”.

Following the teacher’s death, Stephanie Yocum, president of the Polk County Teachers’ Association, said the district had “lost a wonderful soul” and added, according to Fox32, “I hope adults start setting a good example for our children. mask can prevent someone from dying, that should be something everyone should be doing now.”

And Peterson’s sister told the outlet: “If it helps one more person decide, ‘Let me vaccinate,’ then it’s worth it. People like Kelly can be saved.”

According to the Florida news broadcast the ledger, one of Peterson’s colleagues Lorinda Utter, another teacher at the Lake Shipp school, said Peterson had been “diligent” in taking precautions against COVID by wiping down appliances and equipment when her students left and washing her hands carefully. .

Utter added: “She went out of her way to try and stay away from COVID.”

In a Facebook post, Lake Shipp Elementary said Peterson has “touched the lives of hundreds of students and left a lasting impression on all of us.”

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that information about the safety of Covid vaccines for people with a weakened immune system due to other diseases or medication is not yet available.

More information about medical conditions and COVID vaccines can be found on the CDC’s website here.

CDC data shows that 171,367,657 people have been fully vaccinated in the US, which is equivalent to about 51.6 percent of the entire population.

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A stock photo shows the front of a school bus. An unvaccinated teacher who died of COVID was reportedly advised not to get a vaccine due to medical conditions.
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