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Miami family pushing vaccine after COVID-19 hospitalization

Photo: Prasesh Shiwakoti
Photo: Prasesh Shiwakoti

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — As Florida’s COVID-19 cases continue to reach record highs, one Miami family says they wished they’d been vaccinated after all three were hospitalized recently.

COVID-19 cases in the Sunshine State now account for more than 20% of the nation's new cases and hospitalizations.

The Florida Hospital Association says COVID-19 hospitalizations have doubled in the last two weeks.

The organization's president is calling the vaccine a lifesaver, saying the vast majority of those hospitalized are unvaccinated. Yoiris Duran, her 55-year-old husband and 25-year-old son were all hospitalized recently with the virus. She says they were so sick, she feared they might die and is now urging her friends to get vaccinated.

Danielle Prieur covers education in Central Florida.