Even though the cause of death has not been determined, some conservatives on social media have suggested that the COVID vaccine caused former American Idol contestant CJ Harris’s death.
The singer passed away on Sunday in Jasper, Alabama, at 31. According to the county’s coroner Joey Vick, Harris arrived at the Walker Baptist Medical Center in distress. Shortly after receiving CPR, he passed away.
Family relatives of Harris confirmed his death by heart attack to TMZ. While an autopsy has been performed, more tests are needed to determine the cause of the singer’s demise, according to AL.
In 2010, the former singing contender attended his first American Idol audition. He previously tried out for The X-Factor and The Voice. According to the Deadline, he reapplied for American Idol in Salt Lake City in 2014 while employed as a waiter and established himself in the independent music scene.
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Though the cause of Harris’ demise is yet unknown, some conservatives on Twitter speculated that the COVID vaccine may have played a role. It is unknown if Harris has received any vaccinations, and it is also unknown if he has ever had the virus.
“All these young people are dying of heart problems, and we have grown-ass adults acting like it isn’t the vaccine. The weirdos think the climate is doing this. RIP, brother; society failed you. #cjharris” Prince Carlton, author of Black Masculinity: The 40 Lessons, tweeted on Monday.
All these young people dying of heart problems and we got grown ass adults acting like it isn’t the vaccine. The weirdos think the climate is doing this. RIP brother, society failed you. #cjharris pic.twitter.com/M8spvlRXy2
— Prince Carlton 🇺🇸 (@_PrinceCarlton_) January 16, 2023
In the meantime, conservative columnist Carmine Sabia tweeted, “Stop pretending this is a coincidence. American Idol contestant CJ Harris dies at age 31.”
The COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and Bio-N-Tech has lately come under fire for new safety concerns, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Friday that the doses are still safe, according to WMUR9.
According to the CDC, Pfizer’s bivalent booster injections may be linked to ischemic strokes in persons 65 and older. But according to health officials, it is “doubtful” that the shots carry any clinical risk of such strokes after all.
“We have to remember that the risk of COVID still far outweighs any potential concerns of vaccines, especially when you’re over the age of 65,” said Dr. John Brownstein, the chief innovation officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, according to WMUR9. “The risk of severe consequences of COVID and death are still greater. If you have not had that updated booster and the data is obvious, showing the value of that updated booster.”
The FDA approved bivalent vaccination boosters to protect against the COVID-19 variant Omicron. The government approved the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine formulations for use as a single booster dose.
The pandemic is still ongoing, according to Dr. Peter Hotez, co-director of the Center for Vaccine Development at Texas Children’s Hospital, who told The Guardian in December. He advised getting the bivalent booster.
“Well, it’s certainly not [over],” said Hotez. “We’re still in 200-300 deaths per day. [Covid-19] is still the third or fourth leading cause of death in the United States. It’s the wrong message, given that we’re trying to persuade the American people to take this [bivalent] booster.”
The new immunizations for the omicron variant were “underwhelming,” according to pediatrician and expert Dr. Paul Offit, who wrote this on Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine, and there is no evidence that they are any more effective than the initial doses.
“Bivalent boosters neutralized antibodies against BA.1 that were only 1.5 to 1.75 times as high as those achieved with monovalent boosters. Previous experience with the companies’ vaccines suggested that this difference was unlikely to be clinically significant,” Offit wrote.
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The specialist on vaccines and infectious diseases recommended against administering booster doses to young, healthy people and suggested that they be “reserved” for those at a high risk of developing a severe illness or passing away from COVID-19.
“In the meantime, I believe we should stop trying to prevent all symptomatic infections in healthy, young people by boosting them with vaccines containing mRNA from strains that might disappear a few months later,” he said.
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