Did a medical specialist called Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj die from the COVID-19 booster dose he received just 5 days ago?
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Died From COVID-19 Booster Dose!
Antivaxxers have been sharing the obituary of Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj on Facebook and WhatsApp, claiming that he died from cardiac arrest after taking the COVID-19 booster dose.
Truth : Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Did NOT Die From COVID-19 Booster Dose!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by antivaxxers, to scare people into not protecting themselves against COVID-19.
I cannot express how angry I am at these antivaxxers who stoop so low as to create fake news about someone who just died. They have no shame.
My deepest condolences to Dr. Rohan’s family, for their loss and this unwarranted abuse of his memory.
Fact #1 : Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Had His Booster Dose Months Ago
As a medical professional and healthcare worker, Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj would have received his COVID-19 vaccine booster dose months ago, not 5 days ago.
Malaysia first approved the Pfizer COMIRNATY vaccine as a booster dose back in October 2021, and started giving it to frontliners and vulnerable people.
Dr. Rohan would have received his Pfizer booster dose in October or November 2021, together with other healthcare professionals.
After all, the Malaysia Health Ministry (KKM) opened up booster dose vaccinations to all adults by 24 November, and made it mandatory for vulnerable individuals to get a booster dose on 16 December 2021.
He certainly did NOT get his booster dose just 5 days ago.
Read more : COVID-19 Booster Dose Policy For Malaysia
Fact #2 : One Of The Fake News Creators Apologised
The earliest example of this fake news can be traced to a Mr. K, who has since apologised for his post on Facebook.
Please don’t be like Mr. K. Stop creating and/or sharing fake news!
Fact #3 : Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj Was A Post-Grad Student
The fake news creators are not aware of how much time and effort it takes for doctors to study and become specialists.
Dr. Rohan Jeevaraj was a third year MMed (Neurosurgery) post-graduate student at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM).
He was not yet a specialist, even though he had already spent years studying and training to be one.
Fact #4 : Cardiac Arrest Is Not Heart Attack
The fake news creators are confusing cardiac arrest with heart attack. They are two completely different heart problems.
Cardiac arrest is an electrical malfunction of the heart, that causes an irregular heartbeat or even stops the heart from pumping completely. Victims will immediately collapse unconscious, and may not breathe or have a pulse.
A heart attack (myocardial infarction) is caused by a sudden loss of circulation to the heart. The heart doesn’t stop beating, but its muscles will slowly die from the lack of oxygen.
Fact #5 : Cardiac Arrest + Heart Attack Are Not Myocarditis
To be clear – both cardiac arrest and heart attack are not related to myocarditis – a rare but known side effect of COVID-19 vaccines based on mRNA technology.
Myocarditis is the inflammation of the heart muscle, with victims complaining of chest pain, shortness of breath or feelings of a pounding / fast-beating heart.
Vaccine myocarditis is mainly a risk factor for young men below the age of 30. It also occurs soon after vaccination, not months later.
Fact #6 : Much Higher Risk Of Myocarditis From COVID-19!
Just in case you are worried about the risk of myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccines, you should know that you can get myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection too.
In fact, the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 infection is MUCH HIGHER than the risk of getting myocarditis from a COVID-19 vaccine.
Using data from the new SAFECOVAC study, here is the extrapolated risk of myocarditis for people who were vaccinated three times (including booster dose) versus a COVID-19 infection.
Read more : Vaccine Myocarditis Risk Less Than 1 In Million!
It is very clear that the risk of myocarditis is GREATEST with a single COVID-19 infection, than it is with THREE doses of the Pfizer, AstraZeneca or Sinovac vaccines.
So please protect yourself against myocarditis, hospitalisation and death from COVID-19. Get vaccinated!
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