Ernest ‘Ronald’, 66, and Ann Wilkins, 59, sadly died from coronavirus on January 8 and 9 2021 (Picture: WMC 5)
A married couple who were desperate for their Covid vaccine have died from the virus just one day apart.
Ernest and Ann Wilkins, aged 66 and 59, were married for 33 years and planned to get their vaccine jab as soon as possible in 2021.
But sadly the couple, from Indianapolis, Indiana, didn’t make it that far as they both contracted a deadly dose of Covid at the end of last year.
Ernest, known affectionately as ‘Ronald’, died on January 8 and the love of his life, Ann, died the very next day, reports WMC 5.
The Wilkins were diagnosed with coronavirus in December and admitted to the Saint Vincent Hospital where they were placed on ventilators. They never left the hospital.
‘Heartbroken’ close family friend of the couple, Bryan, has urged more people to take the virus seriously following his friends’ tragic death.
He said: ‘I’m very heartbroken because I loved Ann and Ron, just like my brother and sister, and I want people to take this seriously.
‘I would rather you have a reaction to the vaccine than to try to fight Covid, the disease, because a lot of times you won’t win, it’s real.
‘I’ve seen it for myself, and it’s something that I don’t want to see again.’
Cancer survivor, Ronald, battled diabetes and cancer in his lifetime and friends say he loved music and sports.
The couple hoped to get their Covid vaccine as soon as possible in 2021 (Picture: WMC 5)
Bryan added: ‘That’s what we thought of each other is that we were brothers, and we did everything together. We talked 10 times a day.
‘If I woke up first in the morning, I would call him. If he woke up first in the morning, he’d call me.’
Ann was a teacher with Indianapolis Public Schools for 13 years then became a union leader, always promoting public school education.
IPS superintendent, Alessia Johnson, said: ‘;She was deeply committed to her profession and to her fellow educators.
‘I think what she did well was sort of holding everybody to account because, at the end of the day, her goal was to make sure kids were getting served well.’
The US has recorded 23.9 million cases of coronavirus and 397,650 deaths from the disease since the pandemic began.
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