Soon after Joe Biden came into office, vaccines became readily available. And millions of Americans went and got inoculated. Millions more, however, decided against getting the shot. These people were often Trump supporters living in largely red states.
And the anti-vax movement has been helped along by many Conservative media figures. It is common to hear people like Tucker Carlson or Sean Hannity “asking questions” about the shot.
Radio host Phil Valentine was also anti-vax. According to the Daily Beast, “Before he fell ill with the virus, Valentine had spoken out against mask mandates and written a parody of The Beatles’ song ‘Taxman’ called ‘Vaxman’ mocking the preventative. He sang it on the air.”
Shortly after he debuted the song, Valentine ended up in the hospital with COVID-19. Back in July, he claimed he was getting better and would be back on the air soon. That did not happen, however, and Valentine has now passed away.
Radio station 99.7 WTN tweeted on Saturday, “We are saddened to report that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away. Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers.”
We are saddened to report that our host and friend Phil Valentine has passed away. Please keep the Valentine family in your thoughts and prayers. pic.twitter.com/vhXpE7x0oX
— SuperTalk 99.7 WTN (@997wtn) August 21, 2021
Soon before dying, Valentine changed his tune on vaccines. While on his hospital bed, he urged others to get their shots.
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.