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.

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…


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”.


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.


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.


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.



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 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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