The death of a country singer was not related to the COVID-19 vaccine

By Brea Jones

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Country music singer Jake Flint died unexpectedly on November 27, just hours after his wedding. It is unsubstantiated on social media that Flint died from the COVID-19 vaccine. The 37-year-old singer received his second dose more than a year before his death, and his representative said Flint’s death was “not related in any way” to the vaccine.

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More than 655 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in the United States as of December 6, and 80.5% of the US population had received at least one dose, according to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in Spanish).

Vaccines used in the US (Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson, and Novavax) underwent clinical trials prior to their authorization or approval to ensure their safety and efficacy against COVID-19. As we have written above, most people who receive the vaccines experience mild and temporary side effects, or none at all, although adverse events can occur on rare occasions. Side effects usually occur within a few days of receiving the vaccine.

But since COVID-19 vaccines have become available, there have been numerous false and misleading claims associating vaccines with the deaths or health problems of famous artists, athletes, and world leaders.

Now, social media posts are baselessly insinuating that 37-year-old country singer Jake Flint died suddenly within hours of his wedding from the COVID-19 vaccine.

Flint went public with the fact that he was fully vaccinated against COVID-19. On April 21, 2021 he tweeted: “Fully vaccinated to the max and ready to do some tracks in Halifax or wherever. Preferably, Key West.” He also shared that he received his first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on March 29, 2021 and the second dose on April 19 of the same year, after posting his vaccination card on his Instagram account, which Was eliminated.

On November 29, a post on Instagram shared a screenshot of Flint’s tweet above an article announcing his death, suggesting, without any proof, that there was a connection. Other posts shared forums of Flint’s vaccination card originally posted by him on Instagram.

Flint passed away in his sleep on November 27. Although his cause of death has not been announced, Flint’s rep responded to the social media claims with a statement on E! News on December 1, claiming the singer’s death was not caused by the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I am the official publicist for Jake Flint and his family,” said Clif Doyal. “I can verify from them, and from my own personal knowledge, that the sudden and tragic death of Jake Flint was in no way related to the COVID-19 vaccine. Pending an official autopsy report on him, there will be no further comment.”

It is worth adding that Flint received the second dose of his vaccine more than a year and a half before his death.

Translated by Catalina Jaramillo.

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