Vincent Konidare (pictured), 58, died of COVID-19 on September 19 despite being fully vaccinated and having no co-morbidities
A fully vaccinated father from Florida has died from COVID-19, according to his family, despite having no underlying conditions.
Vincent Konidare, 58, of Palm Beach, Florida, died on September 19 after spending a month in the hospital battling the disease.
This is despite Konidare having received the one-time Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in March.
His family is heartbroken and shocked at his death.
“He did what he had to do,” said Vincent’s wife Jamie Konidare WPBF.
“He did as he was told. He was trying to protect his family, and he just felt it was the right thing to do. He felt that if he got Covid, he wouldn’t die, it would save him.”
Cases like Konidare’s are extremely rare.
Only 6,617 fully vaccinated people have died from Covid in the US, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
That’s equivalent to one in 25,000 of at least 185 million people who are fully vaccinated in America.
Many of the deaths are among people who are severely vulnerable to the virus for reasons such as being over age 65, having underlying conditions, or being immunocompromised.
Vincent’s wife Jamie (right) urges others to get vaccinated after her husband’s death.
Vincent Konidare tested positive for Covid in early August. He was admitted to hospital too late and placed on a ventilator. Jamie, Vincent’s wife, said her husband enjoyed fishing, motorcycling and going to the beach
Konidare’s family told WPBF that he had no comorbidities, nor was he at high risk at age 58.
He was also active and loved fishing, motorcycling and going to the beach.
He tested positive for the virus on Aug. 2, and his condition deteriorated to the point where he had to be hospitalized and placed on a ventilator.
After being in the hospital for a month, Konidare reached a point where doctors said he could no longer receive oxygen, and they told his family that he would soon succumb to the virus.
“We all went to the hospital and we got there just in time to say goodbye,” Jaime said.
“I just want people to know: This was a great guy,” she said of her husband.
“He was a great husband, a great father, he was a beautiful, handsome, strong, healthy, good-hearted man that so many people loved. The outpouring of love just never stopped.’
Jamie urges others in her community to get vaccinated, but don’t stop following mitigation measures.
“Go ahead and get vaccinated because I still feel it’s the right thing to do, but you shouldn’t be on your guard. You still have to wear your mask,” she told WBPF.
“You should still stay away from super spreader events and follow all other guidelines.”
Health officials deem the COVID-19 vaccines effective in preventing infection, hospitalizations and death.
Vincent leaves behind his wife and two children. Jamie says her husband was ‘a great husband, a great father, he was a beautiful, handsome, strong, healthy, good-hearted man that so many people loved’
While the vaccine’s effectiveness against infections is believed to have declined over time, experts still consider the injections to be equally effective at preventing serious infections.
The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which Konidare received, has been administered more than 15 million times in the US, according to official data.
It is the only one-time COVID-19 vaccine to have received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration.
Konidare’s family now mourns their loss.
“It’s an unimaginable sadness,” Jamie said. “He was a beautiful, handsome, strong, healthy, good-hearted man whom so many people loved.”
He is also survived by two children.