A fully vaccinated woman died of Covid-19 in what is being called a ‘rare’ breakthrough case.
62-year-old Joan Barrows of Fair Lawn, New Jersey was a lung transplant recipient and determined to make it through the Covid pandemic.
For nearly a year, Barrows wore a mask, donned gloves and isolated herself from friends and family.
Barrows did not attend family events and spent holidays alone.
Barrows received two doses of the Moderna vaccine when it became available – but, according to the family, an UNVACCINATED person infected with Covid-19 exposed Joan to the virus and she ended up dying.
Joan’s family and friends lashed out at unvaccinated people and said the anti-vaxxers are putting people’s lives in jeopardy.
“When I hear somebody doesn’t want to get vaccinated, my head comes off. She could have been alive today,” Karen McGuirl said of the death of her best friend Joan Barrows.
“The person you meet at the local supermarket, sitting next to you at church or synagogue” could lose their life as the result of your choice to remain unvaccinated, said James Russo, Joan’s older brother and a lawyer in Closter. Even those who consider themselves young, healthy and invincible — unlikely to succumb to COVID-19, he said — can spread the disease and put the lives of others in jeopardy.” – NorthJersey.com reported.
Joan “was so determined to survive,” Russo said, she “probably would have lived much longer.”
Earlier this year, an unvaccinated person who was infected with the virus inadvertently exposed Joan to COVID-19. Shortly afterward, Joan became seriously ill. She was hospitalized and eventually transferred to the New York hospital where she had received her transplant, but the disease overwhelmed her.
On May 15, at the age of 62, Joan died.
Her death was a rare, fatal breakthrough case after full COVID vaccination. Among the more than 144 million people in the United States who had been fully vaccinated as of June 14, only 549 of them — or 0.000004% — have died as a result of COVID-19, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control.
To her family and friends, though, Joan’s death was also a lesson in social responsibility. Vaccination is a public duty as much as a personal choice, they say. It benefits not only the individual who receives the vaccine, but those whose vulnerability to the deadly disease may not be apparent.