She died 4 days after getting her booster shot … coincidence?

When a fatal risk materializes close to home, statistical probabilities and presidential safety assurances are of little comfort.
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From the get-go, I have been concerned about the long-term health risks of the covid vaccines … but, I’ve been very sanguine about the short-term risks and appreciative of the short-term benefits.

Accordingly, I’ve been vaxed and boosted … and, have advocated the same for my fellow seniors.

But, my confidence level has waned.

Here’s why…

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As I’ve previously posted, up to now, I’ve been blessed (or “lucky”, if you prefer) to be in the 64% of Americans who don’t “personally know anyone who has died due to complications from covid-19”.

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My closest covid-related death or hospitalization has been at 5 or 6 “degrees of separation” or more.

That changed last week when…

A very close relative of an immediate family member (think: 1-degree of separation) dutifully “did the right thing” and got a covid booster shot

The lady was in her early 60s … very active … in good health with no covid-risky co-morbidities … no history of head aches or heart problems.

The morning after her booster, she she woke up with a head ache that got worse over the next couple of days.

On the 3rd day, she went into cardiac arrest …and on the 4th day, she died.

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The official cause-of-death: cardiac arrest attributed to a previously undiagnosed brain aneurism.

English translation: The booster shot was coincidental, not causal.

I’m having a hard time believing that.

Strikes me that, even if the shot wasn’t a direct cause, it likely accelerated and enhanced the fatal effect of the aneurism.

But, of course, I’m not a doctor … so draw your own conclusion.

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I always counseled my students not to generalize from a single data point or from their personal experiences.

Easier said than done!

When a fatal risk materializes close to home, it stops being a statistical rarity.

Today, I personally can’t help but think that Biden’s cavalier “free and safe” is more free than it is safe.

Maybe I’m not alone since “fully vaxed” people — even seniors — aren’t breaking down the doors to get booster shots.

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P.S. I don’t know which vaccine the lady took initially or whether the booster was the same brand as the initial doses.  I won’t ask, but I’ll report if I hear any thing.

One Response to “She died 4 days after getting her booster shot … coincidence?”

  1. Jim Muzzall Says:

    There are similar anecdotes on twitter. But something more respectable on the possibility of myocarditis is at https://t.co/d0Pu1xaFks. TL;DR: The rate of myocarditis or myopericarditis for the Pfizer vaccine was 1.4 per 100k people (or ~1 case per 71,400), and for Moderna was 4.2 per 100k (or ~1 case per 23,800).

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