An Alabama physician has a stark message for those still resisting COVID-19 vaccinations. Dr. Brytney Cobia, a physician at Grandview Medical Center in Birmingham, wrote Sunday on Facebook that she has recently admitted numerous “young healthy people” who are severely ill from COVID-19. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine,” Cobia wrote. “I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.” When they die a few days later, Cobia wrote, she comforts their grieving families and suggests they honor their lost loved one by getting a COVID-19 vaccination. “They cry,” Cobia wrote. “And they tell me they didn’t know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political. They thought because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin color they wouldn’t get as sick. They thought it was ‘just the flu.’ But they were wrong.” And they wish they could go back,” she wrote. “But they can’t.” Cobia wrote that she prays the deaths will save more lives by encouraging others to get vaccinated. “It’s not too late, but some day it might be,” she wrote. More than 97% of those now being hospitalized with COVID-19 have not been vaccinated, according to Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CNN reported. Cobia told AL.com that she tries to steel herself when she admits a new COVID-19 patient. “But then you actually see them,” she said.