Brevard County COVID-19 patient’s funeral to serve as vaccination clinic as hospitalizations rise



ROCKLEDGE, Florida – Brevard County continues to report a record number of COVID-19-related hospitalizations with more than 400 patients battling the virus on Friday, according to the Brevard County Health Department.

“Our health care system is very stressed and at peak right now,” said director of community health John Davis.

However, good news came out of Friday’s emergency management briefing, the health ministry said it did not see a huge increase in the number of deaths.

“I am very hopeful it will hold up,” said Davis.

He credited the COVID-19 vaccine with saving lives.

According to the latest DOH figures, 58% of people aged 12 and over are vaccinated in Brevard County.

The county is once again asking those who haven’t been vaccinated to change their minds.

Charnese Davis also shares the vaccination message Saturday at Faith Temple Christian Center in Rockledge during her husband’s funeral.

The family said Marquis Davis’s last wish as he battled the virus for six days was to get better and then get the shot.

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However, the husband and father did not succeed.

“It was tough. He was scared,” Charnese Davis said.

Hosted by the Davis Church and the Health Department, a pop-up vaccination clinic will provide COVID-19 vaccines and tests to anyone interested during the Friday night vigil and Saturday funeral services.

Pastor Shaun Ferguson said Marquis grew up attending church.

“Marquis was an amazing young man,” said Ferguson. “I just hope for a big turnout to get as many people vaccinated as they want.”

The health department said it had 60 vaccines at the church on Friday and Saturday hours would be from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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