Family urging children to get vaccinated after pregnant teen dies from COVID-19

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — As a teen’s family mourns her death from COVID-19, they’re making a plea to other parents.

Aushunti Rimmer’s mother wants other families to avoid the heartache her family is going through.

She told FOX13 she talked to her daughter about getting vaccinated several times but she was too scared.

“It hurt me so bad because me and her talked about COVID and I begged her to get the shot but she was always like momma I’m scared,” Voshe Rimmer said.

The 18-year-old was five months pregnant with a baby boy. She also had diabetes.

Rimmer said the worst part is she is also unvaccinated and believes she spread the virus to her daughter, a former student at Wooddale High School.

Both ended up in the hospital at the same time, but Aushunti was put on a ventilator.

“I told her, ‘Well. baby, it won’t hurt.’ She said, ‘Yes, it’s going to hurt,’ and I said, ‘No baby, just pray to God about it and close your eyes, and everything will be okay,’” said Rimmer.

“I talked to my child as good as day, and she blew me a kiss and told me she loved me, and that’s the last time I looked at my daughter.”

Now, Voshe urges other parents to vaccinate their children to avoid the pain she is going through.

“They need to get vaccinated. They really need to take it serious,” she said. “They got to take it serious because my daughter is one of the ones who was scared.”

A few days ago, the family held a candlelight vigil at Wooddale High School.

They plan on having the funeral on Saturday in Mississippi.