Broderick "Boo" Daye was fully vaccinated when he tested positive for the Delta variant and was hospitalized in August.
- The 56-year-old Des Moines resident, who encouraged people to get vaccinated even from his hospital bed, died last week.
- Now his sister, Brenda Daye-Wilson, is asking others to not make Boo's death a strike against vaccines.
Why it matters: Boo's death underscores that vaccines are not 100% effective and that health consequences — especially for immunocompromised people — still occur.
What she's saying: Boo was a double-kidney transplant recipient and had other health problems, his sister told Axios Thursday.
- She said his death serves as a call for everyone to take the pandemic seriously, get vaccinated and wear masks to protect others.
By the numbers: As of late July, 0.001% of the vaccinated Americans who tested positive for breakthrough infections have died, according to state data compiled from state dashboards by NBC and data from the CDC.
- In Iowa, almost 80% of people who are hospitalized with COVID-19, and 90% of those in intensive care, are unvaccinated, according to recent state health data.
Of note: According to the New York Times' data on breakthrough infections, Iowa is among three states that said its system didn't effectively track such cases.
Background about Boo: His nickname from comes from a 1960s doll. (As a younger brother, he was Daye-Wilson's "Boo," she told us.)
- He was a probation officer for the state until his death.
- Good food was his passion. He rated his favorite restaurants on a "Double Dirty Dog Society" scale that he created.
What's next: Boo's funeral is Tuesday at Franklin Jr. High's auditorium, 4801 Franklin Ave., in DSM.
- Visitation is from 11am-1pm, with the funeral immediately following.
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