Kris Hotchkin and his wife Arlene held photos of Kris’s parents, who both died of Covid in December, as they received their first vaccine injections (Pictures: Cowley County Health)
A son grieving the loss of his mother and father to Covid held both their photos in a moving tribute while having his vaccine injected. Kris Hotchkin wanted to remember his father Darrell and mother Phyllis as he and wife Arlene received their first shots in Wichita, Kansas, last week.
He said his loved ones had been desperate to be vaccinated, but tragically fell seriously-ill with Covid and died of the virus in December. The Hotchkins, who were married for 57 years, died shortly before the the first vaccine from Pfizer was authorized for emergency use in the US.
Kris held up a photo of Darrell, while Arlene held her mother in law’s framed photo, with a friend taking a photo as the injection needles went in. Kris said: ‘Mom was looking so forward to this vaccine so we could all be together and so she could get her hugs and kisses that she loved so much.
‘They were not only my mom and dad, but my best friends.’ Kris and his other relatives are now getting their vaccines in honor of the couple. Explaining their reasoning, Arlene said: ‘A lot of encouragement for people to did it. To go out there and get the shot to protect their loved ones.’
Darrell and Phyllis were both keen to get their Covid vaccines, but tragically fell ill with the virus and died before they could do so (Pictures: Cowley County Health)
Kris’s sister Teressa was at Phyllis’s side as she died from Covid, nine days before Darrell lost his life. She also caught Covid, and battled tears as she recalled not being able to attend her parents’ funerals because of quarantine, KSN reported.
Covid has now infected at least 30.2 million Americans, and killed close to 550,000.
The United States has administered 143 million doses of Covid vaccines, with Joe Biden vowing to offer all adult Americans at least one shot by the start of May.
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