Sep 3, 2021 - News
Woman urges vaccinations after her brother's fatal breakthrough case
A photo of Broderick “Boo” Daye.
Broderick "Boo" Daye. Photo via Daye's Facebook, courtesy of Brenda Daye-Wilson

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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