Just a day after taking the Moderna COVID-19 booster shot, a New York Times editor unexpectedly died of a heart attack.
“This is Carlos’s wife, Nora. It’s with deepest sorrow that I have to share with you that Carlos passed away last night of a heart attack. I’ve lost my best friend and our kids lost a truly great dad. I will be off social media for awhile,” Carlos Tejada’s wife announced on his Twitter account on December 18.
This is Carlos’s wife, Nora. It’s with deepest sorrow that I have to share with you that Carlos passed away last night of a heart attack. I’ve lost my best friend and our kids lost a truly great dad. I will be off social media for awhile.
— Carlos Tejada (@CRTejada) December 18, 2021
“Double-vaxxed. Janssen-fueled, Moderna-boosted,” Tejada said on Instagram on December 17. “Hey, Omicron: Hit me with your wet snot.”
Tejada was The Times’ Deputy Asia Editor and formerly worked at The Wall Street Journal. He lived in Seoul, South Korea, according to his Twitter page.
Americans are being encouraged to take a third shot of the COVID-19 vaccine as the Omicron variant, which some say presents with much milder symptoms than prior variants, spreads rapidly.
The push to get vaccinated and get a booster shot has been led by the White House, which promised that America’s unvaccinated population is “looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourselves, your families and the hospitals you may soon overwhelm.”
Some cities, like Boston and New York, have implemented vaccine passport systems, largely barring the unvaccinated from public life.
Meanwhile, there is still no fully Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved vaccine available to Americans. Despite the FDA’s full approval of Pfizer’s Comirnaty on August 23, which predicated many vaccine mandates at the federal and state levels, that version of the vaccine remains unavailable in the United States.
Americans are stuck with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approved versions of Moderna’s vaccine, which Tejada took as a booster, and Pfizer’s EUA approved vaccine. The Janssen vaccine, which Tejada originally took, is not available in the United States.
Many Americans took the one-dose Johnshon & Johnson vaccine earlier this year, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stopped recommending that vaccine due to blood clotting issues.
The CDC also warns of the risk of myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart muscle which could lead to heart attack and death, after taking the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.
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