A conservative Florida radio host who was vocally critical of the COVID-19 vaccine urged his friends to get the shot after he contracted the virus himself, WPTV reported.
In one Facebook post, Dick Farrel claimed that two people he knew who had received the COVID-19 vaccine were later hospitalized.
“Vaccine Bogus Bull Shid!, Two peeps I know, got vaxxed, now have Corona, hospitalized critical. Thank you Moderna, FOR NOTHING!” he said on July 1.
“Why take a vax promoted by people who lied 2u all along about masks, where the virus came from and the death toll?” he said in another Facebook post on July 3.
At least one of his COVID-19-related posts was flagged by Facebook for spreading false information, and in another post, he called President BidenJoe BidenManchin lays down demands for child tax credit: report Abrams targets Black churchgoers during campaign stops for McAuliffe in Virginia Pentagon, State Department square off on Afghanistan accountability MORE’s chief medical adviser, Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci says FDA data shows J&J vaccine should have been two shots Sunday shows - Buttigieg warns supply chain issues could stretch to next year Arkansas governor backs employer vaccine mandates MORE, “a power tripping lying freak.”
However, his stance changed after he got COVID-19.
Amy Leigh Hair, a friend of Farrel’s, wrote on Facebook that he had succumbed to COVID-19 and had urged her to get the shot after he got sick.
“Covid Took One Of My Best Friends! RIP Dick Farrel. He is the reason I took the shot! He texted me and told me to ‘Get it!’ He told me that this virus is no joke and he said: ‘I wish I had gotten it!’ #f---covid#takethevaccination,” she wrote on Facebook on Wednesday.
The news comes as Florida battles an increasing surge of new COVID-19 cases, continuously beating out new daily records of confirmed COVID-19 cases. Florida on Friday reported its highest number of new daily COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic at 22,783.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantisRon DeSantisSupport for governors sliding in states without vaccine mandates: survey Vaccine 'resisters' are a real problem Republicans' mantra should have been 'Stop the Spread' MORE (R) has advocated for residents to get vaccinated, saying in July, “These vaccines are saving lives. They are reducing mortality.”