Who was Alexandra Blankenbiller: An influencer and TikTok content creator, Alexandra Blankenbiller died of the coronavirus last month, leaving behind a video message for fans that is doing rounds on the internet. In it, 31-year-old Blankenbiller from hospital, implores fans to get vaccinated against the virus, saying it was a precaution she did not take herself.
“I don’t have a lot of energy for talking… I did not get vaccinated. I’m not anti-vax; I was just trying to do my research. I was scared,” she said in a video uploaded to her TikTok account on August 15, nine days before her death, according to reports.
Blankenbiller had recorded the video from her hospital bed, where she lay breathing through medical support.
She urges fans to get vaccinated even if they are “70 percent sure” of it. “Go get it. Because hopefully if you get it, then you won’t end up in the hospital like me,” she says.
Most prominently in the United States, parts of the population have been vocal about rejecting vaccination for COVID-19. Anti-vaxxer theories that are floating hold deep doubt over the effectiveness of the vaccine, raising concerns in the medical community.
Know Who Was Alexandra Blankenbiller And Why Her Video Is Going Viral
Blankenbiller was from Jacksonville, Florida, as per her social media profiles. She went by the handle @atasteofalex on TikTok and Instagram, describing herself as a “writer, actor, cool chick.” A plus-size influencer, she was loved by fans for her relatable, humourous content.
In the video shared days before her passing, she said she should not have waited to take the vaccine.
“It’s hard to get everyone to agree on something if people feel differently, so… I do think it was a mistake,” she says. “It’s not saying you won’t get COVID, it’s just a layer of protection.”
Image: Alexandra Blankenbiller / TikTok