Breakthrough COVID infections tragic, but rare (includes video story)

Vincent Konidare was a proud father and husband who loved riding his motorcycle, being near the ocean and vacationing with his family.

“He was a beautiful, handsome, strong, healthy, kindhearted guy who was loved by so many people,” said his wife, Jamie Konidare. “It’s unimaginable grief.” 

Jamie met her husband in 1985 at the Palm Beach Post, where he worked for 36 years. 

Vincent’s family is now left questioning how a man with no preexisting conditions and fully vaccinated could die from Covid-19. 

“He did what he was supposed to do. He did what he was told to do. He was trying to protect his family, and he just felt like it was the right thing to do. He felt that if he did get COVID, he would not die, that it would save him,” Jamie Konidare said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as of October 4, 6,617 of the 185 million fully vaccinated Americans have died from COVID. 

That amounts to about four per 100,000 fully vaccinated Americans — .25% or one quarter of one percent — dying from the virus. 

The majority of those deadly breakthrough cases were people over 65, but Vincent was 58. 

None of the companies that offer the COVID-19 vaccine, including Johnson & Johnson, which Vincent Kanidare received, has ever claimed it would be completely effective at preventing death from the virus.

Jamie Konidare’s message to everyone is to get vaccinated and not let your guard down. She also advises people to keep wearing a mask and follow all the guidelines. 

Gretell Sanchez Perez is a senior student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in broadcast media and minor in e-marketing and social media. She is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and the communication coordinator at the National Association of Journalists. Sanchez hopes to pursue her master’s degree in spanish language journalism and become a reporter/anchor in Miami.