Most of the states across America have already dropped the well-known pandemic measures while the rest of the states are considering to do it in near future as the country is entering from pandemic to endemic phase with Covid-19. This transition seems possible since majority of Americans are now vaccinated against Covid-19 or have developed natural immunity after recovering from the virus.
According to the CDC data, 76.1% of the population (nearly 253 million) are now vaccinated with at least one dose against Covid-19, while 64.7% of Americans (nearly 215 million) are fully vaccinated with two doses of the vaccines. Nearly 93 million people got third, booster dose which represents 43.2% of the fully vaccinated and they have the best available protection against the virus.
The Covid-19 vaccines are authorized for emergency use. These vaccines never underwent the regular years-long regular approval process because the world needed them as soon as possible. However, dozens of studies have shown that vaccines work against Covid-19 and the benefits of Covid-19 vaccination outweigh the known and potential risks.
Unfortunately, the Covid-19 vaccine ended up to be wrong choice for a 33-year-old Louisiana man who died late January after developing an autoimmune disease hours after receiving his second Covid-19 shot last year.
According to the Herald Guide, B. Pollet got his second Pfizer shot in October and developed a headache just hours after getting the vaccine. Two days later, he developed a fever. Pollet was hospitalized on October 21 and remained in hospital until November 7.
“He had no prior medical history,” his wife Jessica said. “After his second Pfizer vaccine, he developed a headache right away then fever 48 hours after.” “He was worked up for hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, but it was ruled out and he was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disease called Still’s Disease,” Jessica said.
The father of a 1-year-old daughter spent more than a month home, but was hospitalized again on December 14. It was later in December when he was officially diagnosed with HLH, but this time it was in addition to Still’s Disease. His wife says that he received treatments for HLH, including chemotherapy, but those treatments did not work.
“He received the HLH protocol treatment, which included chemotherapy,” she said. “Unfortunately, none of the usual treatments have worked. The doctors have agreed that the COVID vaccine caused an immune response that led to the development of the autoimmune disease and HLH.”
After months-long battle with the both the Still’s Disease and HLH, Pollet died on January 28 leaving his wife and his 1-year-old daughter behind. Jessica thanked her husband’s colleagues for all the support they provided while Pollet was in hospital fighting for his life.
After Pollet’s death, doctors had come to a consensus that the COVID-19 vaccine brought on the development of the autoimmune disease and HLH.
A GoFundMe campaign has been set up for the family to help with medical bills, and other needs.