“I’m sorry, but it’s too late”

Dennis Pillion, writing at

Dr. Brytney Cobia said Monday that all but one of her COVID patients in Alabama did not receive the vaccine. The vaccinated patient, she said, just needed a little oxygen and is expected to fully recover. Some of the others are dying.


“I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections,” wrote Cobia, a hospitalist at GrandviewMedical Center in Birmingham, in an emotional Facebook post-Sunday. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.”

Dr. Cobia treats Covid-19 patients in a state that ranks last in the US in fully vaccinated adults. This story should be spread far and wide. I know I need more empathy in my life, but it is really hard to muster it up for these poor people.




July 21, 2021 | Lessons