Florida elementary school teacher Kelly Peterson died on Monday from a complication of COVID-19.
She was advised by her doctor not to get the COVID-19 vaccine for the treatment of leukemia.
Her sister and union believe Peterson was infected in the classroom. Masks were not required there.
A 41-year-old Florida teacher who advised doctors not to get vaccinated died of COVID-19 complications after being forced to return to face-to-face education without mask obligations, according to a local outlet. bottom.
Kelly Peterson was not vaccinated against the coronavirus because she had leukemia.Her doctor advised her to avoid firing when she was already weak, said her sister, Christine. KTVU..
Lakeship Elementary School Announces Peterson’s Death Facebook She “touched the lives of hundreds of students” and “impressed all of us lastingly,” she posted on Monday.
Both Peterson’s sister and a union of teachers in Pork County reported that she was infected with COVID-19 in the classroom, KTVU. However, it should be noted that it is almost impossible to know how someone was infected with COVID-19.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis banned the mandatory masks in the state, but some schools opposed the order.
Peterson’s sister told KTVU about the doctor’s warning about COVID-19 vaccination:
Cancer patients and survivors are encouraged to be vaccinated, but it is advisable to discuss the decision with a doctor first. American Cancer Society.. ACS said the main question about vaccines and cancer is not whether the vaccine is safe, but whether it works for people who already have a weakened immune system.
Last year Peterson worked in a remote location, but her sister said she was forced to return to direct learning this year despite her immunodeficiency.
“Given all the COVID cases this year and her medical condition, she should have been a virtual teacher this year. The school didn’t provide it,” Peterson’s sister said. ledger..
Both the Polk County School District supervisor and the Principal of Ship Lake did not immediately respond to insider requests for comment.
Lorinda Utter, one of Peterson’s colleagues, told The Ledger that Peterson took all precautions in the classroom, always wearing a mask and regularly disinfecting the surface.
“She did everything she could to keep her away from COVID,” Atter said.
Peterson was afraid to get infected with COVID-19, her sister said, and knew the effect it would have on her if she signed it.
“She has repeatedly expressed concern that if she gets infected with COVID, it will kill her. Unfortunately, that happened,” Christine Peterson told KTVU. ..
Christine Peterson also said she hopes her sister’s story encourages more people to be vaccinated.
Stephanie Yocam, president of the Pork County Teachers Union, said parents wanted to wear masks and “set a good example” for their children.
“If wearing a mask can prevent someone from dying, that should be what everyone should do now,” Yocum told KTVU.
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