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News | Sept. 15, 2021

After the ventilator, COVID survivor advocates for vaccine

By Elaine Sanchez

A nearly fatal bout with COVID-19 drove the Harris family to do something they had been on the fence about before. They got the vaccine.

With a wife and three sons, Tim Harris was not willing to take another gamble with his life.

“I’ve been in rocket attacks in Afghanistan, motorcycle and car accidents, and gun shots at the club, but I never had that feeling of impending doom,” said Harris, a mobilization and planning specialist, U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence, and Army retiree. “There were many moments when I thought I was going to die from COVID.”

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