97.9% of Hoosiers younger than 65 who died were unvaccinated
The IU Northwest analysis shows just how big a difference a COVID patient’s age can make.
EVANSVILLE — Robb Walter III was just 42 years old when he died last weekend, his father says, of COVID-19 pneumonia — unvaccinated.
Walter — “Bulldog” to friends and family — left behind a girlfriend, a band he was playing in, a job he loved and parents who are telling the world on Facebook not to make their son’s mistake.
“My wife and myself, we had our shots but since he had COVID early last year he didn’t think he needed the vaccine,” Robert Walter II said of his son, who lived in Southern Illinois.
Walter posted a comment Friday on his wife’s Facebook page, which trumpets vaccination.
“(Robb Walter III) was wrong and one of his last words to me was, ‘Dad I should had listen to you and (his stepmother). Tell my friends Please take the Vaccine,'” he wrote.
Local hospitals are not disclosing how many of their patients who died of COVID-19 were unvaccinated — but statewide data leaves little room for doubt. Almost all of the Indiana residents who have died of the coronavirus since Jan. 18 have been unvaccinated.
The state saw 3,801 coronavirus deaths between that date and Sept. 16 — 94% of them unvaccinated, according to an Indiana University Northwest analysis. The Indiana State Department of Health uses Jan. 18 as its benchmark because that’s the earliest date breakthrough cases could be identified based on the timing of the state’s vaccine rollout last winter. Read more…