Meditalk: Am I at risk of Covid after vaccination?

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DEAR Dr. Fritz,

Good day. I am quite concerned because I have read lately from SunStar Manila that 24 vaccinated persons had died and 11 of them died from Covid-19. I understand that the vaccination is supposed to protect us from getting severe Covid. But, why are these 11 people got Covid after vaccination and died? Was the vaccine not able to hold on to its promise? This had really baffled me.

I hope to get some light. Thanks and more power.

Jigsaw Puzzle


Dear Jigsaw Puzzle,

After you get the vaccination, it would take two weeks for your body to develop protection against Covid-19. Thus, it is still possible to get infected just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. I believe those who got infected with Covid-19 and died got the infection before the two-week spot. This is the reason why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said that those deaths are not related to the vaccine.

If you expose yourself to the outside world without the necessary gears before these two- week holding period, you are still prone to Covid. This is the reason why – you should still wear a face mask, face shield and distance yourself from the people around you even after you get vaccinated.

As a matter of fact, Covid-19 vaccine is really safe. The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) system from December 14, 2020 to March 29 received 2,509 reports of death among people who received a Covid-19 vaccine. That figure represents 0.0017 percent of the 145 million doses administered in the US at that time. But, according to the Center for Disease Control, “a review of available clinical information including death certificates, autopsy, and medical records revealed no evidence that vaccination contributed to patient deaths.”

Good luck!

Dr. Fritz

(Dr. Fritz Legarde Espedilla is an aesthetic dermatologist and surgeon and a clinical sexologist. She is also trained in hypnotherapy and Medical Acupuncture. She is the co-host of digital page of Superbalita. She has been in the broadcast media for more than a decade and has written a book based on her 15 year stint with her radio program, “Healthy is Sexy Secrets ni Dr. Fritz.” For your questions, you may e-mail them to If you don’t wish your letter to be published, we regret that we cannot answer them. Thank you for your understanding.)


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