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Can you still die from Covid 19 if you’re fully vaccinated?

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That fact was spotlighted when Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died from coronavirus complications at age 84.

Posted: Oct 19, 2021 5:14 PM

Lafayette, La (KADN) - Although it is rare, it’s not unheard of for fully vaccinated people to die from the covid 19 virus. That fact was spotlighted when Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died from coronavirus complications at age 84.

Dr. Larry Simon says Mr. Powell had bone cancer which can significantly suppress your immune system.

"So he had two conditions that weakened his immune system and when you have different types of blood cancers it can actually cause your immune system to be unable to respond to any stimulation in his condition no vaccine was likely to work the flu shot the polio vaccine the covid vaccine his immune system just wasn’t working". 

Multiple myeloma impairs the body’s ability to fight infection, and studies show those cancer patients don’t get as much protection from the COVID-19 vaccines as healthier people.

So what factors attribute to a fully vaccinated person dying from covid 19?

Dr. SImon says "The two main factors that’s would lead to you ending up in the hospital or God forbid dying from getting covid if you are fully vaccinated are advanced age 65 to 75 years old and up and having a compromised immune system". 

Dr. Larry Simon says Powell’s death underlines the importance of herd immunity in the future he hopes more people will continue to get vaccinated.

"That’s my main hope is that the more people that get vaccinated it’s a smaller and smaller group of people where the virus can recirculate and the less likely we are to have another surge". 

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