Vincent Konidare, a fully vaccinated father from North Palm Beach, Florida, passed away on September 19 after a one-month-long strife with COVID. He reportedly had no previous health complications.
Usually, old age coupled with comorbidities are seen as the recurring risk factors for COVID, but infections breaking through the barrier of the vaccinations can be expected.
Konidare’s breakthrough infection
Palm Beach witnessed several vaccination drives for under-65 in March and Konidare, being 58, got a dose of the Johnson and Johnson’sone shot formula. He was so excited, that as a memorabilia, he sent his vaccination pass to his friend on March 24.
A dismayed Jamie Konidare, Vincent's wife, said:
He did what he was told to do. He was trying to protect his family, and he just felt like it was the right thing to do. He felt that if he did get COVID, he would not die, that it would save him.
Konidare was a former manager with the Palm Beach Post and a dedicated father of two. He had no record of health complications, but happens to be another victim of the rare breakthrough infection. Konidare fought, but ‘his lungs just couldn’t keep up,’ Jamie said.
My husband was an amazing American who chose to be vaccinated so he could protect himself and his family. He was told by the government (to get vaccinated), and he still died.
Rare COVID cases
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 6,617 fully vaccinated people have died of COVID in the U.S. Fully vaccinated people accounted for 16% of COVID deaths from mid-June to mid-July. It is during then that the delta variant scurried nationwide.
In the U.S., out of the 6,617 vaccinated people who have died, 86% were 65 or older, 44% were female and 15% were asymptomatic, which means they were hospitalised due to other infections and later tested positive for COVID.
Unvaccinated people are eight times more at risk for contracting the disease. If infected, they are twenty-five times more likely to be hospitalised or, worse, die. Thus, the CDC stresses the importance of completing the vaccination dose, citing effectiveness on the 200 million people in the U.S.