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Funeral of man who died of COVID-19 is turned into vaccine and testing event

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A Florida man’s last wish before dying of COVID-19 was to get the vaccine. To honor his memory, his family is turning his funeral into a vaccine and testing event to protect the community against the deadly virus.

Marquis Davis, a 28-year-old business owner and father, died on July 26 from COVID-19. He was not vaccinated at the time.

Marquis’ wife, Charnese Davis, described him as a hard worker and loving husband and father who cared after his siblings when his mother died in 2012.

She said he started to feel ill in late July and tested positive for the virus the following day. He quarantined at home but got progressively worse.

He was taken to a hospital where he was put on an oxygen machine.

“He was there about six days and then finally they said he’s not going to make it,” Charnese Davis recalled.

Inspite initially being hesitant to take the vaccine, Marquis Davis told his wife he wanted to get the shot after he recovered.

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Charnese Davis said their church, Faith Temple Christian Center in Rockledge, approached her about offering the vaccine and COVID-19 testing at his wake and memorial. She was immediately on board.

Charnese Davis said hosting the vaccination event at the funeral is sending a message to the community about how dangerous the virus is.

“He was so adamant about not getting it, everything we hear about the vaccine wasn’t always perfect…It’s a lot of younger adults my age who don’t want to get it or they think it won’t affect them,” Charnese Davis told ABC News. “But, it does affect you. This could have been prevented, so let’s get vaccinated so it doesn’t happen to you.”


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