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'Believe the science': Unvaccinated father asks family to get vaccine before dying from COVID-19

“Right before he died, he said ‘Tell (my wife) to take the shot. Make sure you guys take the shot,’” Michael Hudzik said.

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“I just heard him say ‘I love you guys,’” Michael Hudzik said.

Hudzik hadn't seen his father in weeks before hearing those last words over the phone. Hudzik’s father, who was in the ICU at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, Florida, died on Sunday.

The family says the husband and father of three was a healthy 63-year-old with no underlying conditions before contracting COVID-19.

Hudzik says his father’s political views led to a stubborn anti-vaccination stance that he ultimately regretted.

“Forget Democrat, Republican. Listen to what the scientific community tells you and get the vaccine. Believe the science, believe the science,” Hudzik said.

While still strong enough to speak, Hudzik says his father repeatedly talked about how wrong he'd been to ignore COVID-19 protections and encouraged the rest of his family, his wife and adult children, who were also unvaccinated, to do it immediately.

“Right before he died, he said ‘Tell (my wife) to take the shot. Make sure you guys take the shot,’” Hudzik said.

Hudzik says though he also contracted COVID-19, he only had minor issues. He says the family will do as his father asked and get vaccinated.

Hudzik says his father also wanted him to share the following message: “If you are not vaccinated, please get vaccinated.”

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