BELLE GLADE, Florida – The mayor of Belle Glade and his wife have been going door-to-door for months trying to educate people about the COVID-19 vaccine.
However, in just three weeks, six family members died from the virus without being vaccinated.
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During this time, Lisa Wilson entered and exited the Butts Memorial Chapel in Belle Glade.
âIt’s just really bad for my family. We’re really, really struggling,â said Lisa Wilson. “I’m still trying to figure it out. I have (no) word for it. I don’t know.”
Lisa is an assistant to the Palm Beach County Commissioner, Melissa McKinlay, and her husband, Steve Wilson, is the mayor of Belle Glade.
On Wednesday afternoon, she was sitting inside the funeral home with her husband and brother, planning another memorial service.
Lisa Wilson said her family’s nightmare began three weeks ago when her 48-year-old uncle Tyrone Moreland was taken to Lakeside Medical Center. He died soon after from COVID-19.
âMaybe a week after she was hospitalized, then my grandmother was also hospitalized,â said Lisa Wilson.
Born and raised in Belle Glade, Lisa Wilson has said she adores and admires her grandmother.
âShe was the rock of our family,â she said. “I was with her from birthâ¦ so I just bonded with her.”
But Lillie Mae Dukes Moreland, 89, died two days after the funeral of her son, Tyrone.
Wilson lost three other cousins, all to coronavirus. She said not all of them were vaccinated.
“You can’t mourn the death of one because the next day or two, someone else passed away, so it was very difficult to figure it out and try to figure it all out,” he said. said Lisa Wilson.
She spent months trying to convince her family to get the vaccine, but said they were scared and fueled misinformation on social media.
âMy family who was dying on their deathbed, they also wanted me to let people know to get the vaccine,â said Lisa Wilson.
Signs are now posted across town telling people to listen to the facts, and the mayor said his family will continue to advocate for the vaccine to save your life.
âWe want to make sure we’re doing our part to make sure people have the opportunity. There is no excuse for them not being able or not having the opportunity to get vaccinated, âsaid Mayor Steve Wilson.
Lisa Wilson said she only wanted her own family to be listened to.
“I need everyone to hear this message, don’t swap places with me and my family. What we’re going through is not a good feeling,” said Lisa Wilson.