Story at a glance:
- A fully vaccinated man who resided in a Florida assisted living home died from COVID-19.
- His daughters expressed their anger in an obituary about how they believe he died.
- They felt more confident he would have lived longer if he had lived in a different state.
A fully vaccinated man who resided in a Florida retirement home died from COVID-19. His daughters wrote an obituary urging people to get vaccinated and blame the state for his life ending.
Clark Allen died on July 22 after contracting a breakthrough case of COVID-19, a “one-in-a-million” chance, according to the man’s doctor.
The surviving daughters of Clark Allen, Danielle and Nicole Allen-Gentile, expressed their anger in an obituary about how their father could have been infected and said his death was preventable, The Washington Post reported.
“He was infected by someone who chose to not get vaccinated and his death was preventable,” the obituary reads. “It is the wish of his family that everyone get vaccinated in order to prevent further death, sickness and heartbreak.”
The daughters also told The Washington Post that if their father were in a different state, they believe he wouldn’t have died.
During the pandemic, Clark Allen's two daughters — along with their five siblings — debated whether their father should be in an assisted living home in Florida or Connecticut. The daughters received a blunt message from a Connecticut home: “You need to get him out of Florida. He will die in Florida,” The Washington Post reports.
The daughters speculate that he contracted the virus from an unvaccinated person at Carlisle Palm Beach, an assisted living facility in Lantana, Fla. Allen reportedly took the virus very seriously, paying close attention to public health measures as he had chronic obstructive pulmonary disease that could make a possible infection more severe, according to the Tampa Bay Times, which first shared the story.
“It was a relief when he got vaccinated, but the reality was he was around a lot of unvaccinated people,” Danielle Allen, who lives in Portland, Ore., told The Post. “I’m attempting to not be very angry at unvaccinated people and it’s become extremely difficult. We’re all really angry and struggling.”
In response to the claim, a spokesperson for Senior Lifestyle, the company that operates Carlisle Palm Beach, told The Post that its facility implements safety measures provided by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and “other expert sources and health authorities.”
It is not certain how or when Clark Allen contracted the virus.
“If he was in Connecticut or Oregon, he’d most likely still be alive,” Danielle Allen said.
Allen said goodbye to his family over Facetime, alone in hospice care, according to The Post.
Nicole Allen-Gentile, who lives in Greenwich, Conn., emailed her sisters to write an obituary, saying “Don’t work on this if you’re not up to it.” The beginning part of the rough draft started with “Clark died of Covid <insert info about being vaccinated but an unvaxed person killing him>,” Tampa Bay Times reported.
“We didn’t want his death to be something that got passed by,” Danielle Allen said. “We want people to get vaccinated and know how this happened.”
“He could have seen his family again,” Nicole Allen-Gentile said. “He didn’t need to die this way.”
COVID-19 can wreak havoc on the respiratory system, causing shortness of breath or difficulty breathing and chest pains.
Florida has some of the highest cases of COVID-19, setting yet another record for daily cases on Aug. 11, reporting 24,753 new coronavirus cases that day.
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