The Sir Lester Bird Medical Centre is reporting the passing of another fully vaccinated person, a man in his 40s, who succumbed to complications from the COVID-19 virus.
In a statement released by the hospital, Dr. Albert Duncan, Medical Director, confirmed that a 49-year-old patient with co-morbidities had been admitted to the hospital on August 14.
The man reportedly was in severe respiratory distress and required immediate critical intervention. However, in spite of the hospital’s efforts to save his life, Duncan says, he died on October 12, at 12 a.m., following severe post-acute virus complications.
This death comes less than a week after a fully vaccinated 47 year-old male, also with co-morbidities, died on Friday, October 8.
During the public vaccination campain, it has been preached that inoculation greatly reduces the risk of hospitalization and death.
Now, one man tells REAL News that these two deaths underscore the need for ongoing rapid testing among all residents, since “anyone at all can catch this thing and spread it,” he says.
Testing, he insists, is just as important as inoculation. It allows a person to know his status early enough to seek “what could be life-saving treatment” in a society where diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease are common, the man points out.
Meanwhile, Dr. Duncan reiterates the importance of everyone following the established COVID-19safety measures, whether they are vaccinated or unvaccinated. These are wearing a mask properly, practicing social distancing, avoiding large gatherings, and the proper sanitization of hands.
And, again, the hospital urges all residents to encourage family and friends to get vaccinated.