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ST. GEORGE — Cedar City-based state Sen. Evan Vickers said that having COVID-19 along with his wife has convinced him of one thing: If he hadn't been vaccinated, it would have been a lot worse.
"My wife and I can attest firsthand that, because we were vaccinated, when we did test positive for COVID, the effects were greatly minimized over what they could have been," Vickers, the Republican majority leader of the Utah Senate, told St. George News on Sunday. "I have had a lot of conversations with health care professionals about COVID. The bottom line is that we need antibodies to fight off the effects of COVID. The best way to get those antibodies is through a vaccination."
Vickers first revealed that he had contracted COVID-19 to a crowd gathered for the Cedar Area Interfaith Alliance community prayer event Thursday night at Main Street Park.
While most locals were celebrating the end of summer on Labor Day, Vickers, who is a pharmacist and owns several pharmacies in the Cedar City area, received the news that he had tested positive with COVID-19 and spent the next week recovering at home. He told St. George News that he was "tired and rundown but overall, not too bad."
"The following week, I was really over COVID," he said.
Vickers said he was not hospitalized for COVID-19 but for blood clots that he said were a complication from the virus. On Sept. 17, he went to the emergency room of Cedar City Hospital. He wouldn't leave the hospital for three days.