Did four Toronto doctors die within a week of getting their 4th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : Four Doctors Died After Getting 4th Vaccine Dose!
Anti-vaccination activists are sharing a Hollywood LA News video and article which claims that four Toronto doctors died within a week of getting their 4th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine!
Four Canadian Doctors In Toronto Area Died Last Week
[within one week of their 4th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine]
No Evidence Doctors Died After Getting 4th Vaccine Dose!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created by anti-vaccination activists to scare people from protecting themselves against COVID-19, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : No Evidence They Received 4th Vaccine Dose
Hollywood LA News claimed, without evidence, that all four doctors received the 4th dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Their evidence – the province of Ontario started recommending the 2nd booster dose (4th vaccine dose) just before the doctors died.
So what? If the province of Ontario started recommending electric cars a week before the doctors died, does that mean they were killed by electric cars?
The truth is – NO ONE KNOWS if any of the four doctors received the 4th vaccine dose.
Fact #2 : 4th Vaccine Dose Was Not Mandatory In Ontario
The Ontario government only recommended the 4th vaccine dose (2nd booster dose) for specific groups :
- individuals aged 60 and over
- First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals or a non-Indigenous household member aged 18 and over
- residents of long-term care homes / retirement homes / Elder Care Lodge, or older adult living in other congregate settings providing assisted living / health services
- moderately to severely-immunocompromised individuals
None of the four Toronto doctors that died were in those recommended groups.
Fact #3 : Vaccination Takes Time
Hollywood LA News suggested that all four doctors got their 4th vaccine dose on the first day the Ontario government made it available – on July 14, 2022.
That’s such utter bullshit. Just because the 4th vaccine dose / 2nd booster dose is available on July 14, does not mean everyone who wants one can get it on that day.
It takes time to vaccinate people, which is why you can’t just walk in for your vaccination. You have to book an appointment!
Even if all those four Toronto doctors eagerly booked appointments for their 4th vaccine does, they may not get it so soon. They are not amongst the recommended group, and may have to wait until more vulnerable people are vaccinated first.
Fact #4 : Second Booster Dose Same As Primary Vaccine
Canada offers three booster doses – from Moderna, Pfizer and Novavax (upon request).
The Pfizer and Novavax booster doses have the same dosage as the primary doses, but the Moderna vaccine is offered at half the primary dose.
The first and second booster doses are really the same vaccine as the primary series vaccine, so there is no reason for new adverse effects to develop.
If you experienced no adverse effects with the first two primary doses, there is simply no reason why you should develop new adverse effects with either the first or the second booster doses, if they are of the same vaccine.
Fact #5 : Dr. Paul D. Hannam Died Of Sudden Cardiac Failure
Dr. Paul Davidson Hannam collapsed and died of sudden cardiac failure while he was out for a run. Hollywood LA News suggested that it was impossible for a healthy 50 year-old marathon runner to die on a run.
The truth is – many fit athletes die unexpectedly every year, and the number has been steadily increasing every year.
This chart from the Maron study shows a progressive rise in sudden death reports of 6% per year, from 1980 to 2006.
In fact, the number of sudden deaths in young and fit athletes more than quadrupled from 1980 to 2006!
This debunks the claim that such a rise in sudden death must be due to the COVID-19 vaccine, which obviously did not exist back then.
Fact #6 : Dr. Lorne Segall Died Of Lung Cancer
Dr. Lorne E. Segall died after a year-long battle with advanced lung cancer.
So he most definitely did not die from getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Fact #7 : Dr. Stephen McKenzie Was Seriously Ill
According to his office, Dr. Stephen W. McKenzie had been “seriously ill” leading up to his death.
Although the nature of his illness was not disclosed, his office had earlier been permanently closed, so it must have happened earlier and is thus unrelated to the 2nd booster dose.
Fact #8 : Dr. Jakub Sawicki Died From Stomach Cancer
According to his wife, Iris Sawicki, Dr. Jakub Sawicki was diagnosed with Stage 4 gastric cancer in August 2021 – just two weeks after the birth of their son, John-Paul.
Specifically, Dr. Jakub Sawicki had signet ring cell adenocarcinoma (SRCC) – a rare and very aggressive form of stomach cancer. He most certainly did not die from the COVID-19 vaccine.
Fact #9 : North York General Hospital Confirmed Death Unrelated To Vaccine
North York General Hospital issued a statement refuting claims that Dr. Paul Hannam died from the COVID-19 vaccine.
North York General Hospital can confirm that the tragic death of Dr. Paul Hannam was not related to COVID-19 or vaccinations of any kind.
Fact #10 : Trillium Confirmed Doctor Deaths Unrelated To Vaccine
The other three doctors – Dr. Lorne E. Segall, Dr. Stephen W. McKenzie, and Dr. Jakub T. Sawicki – worked for Trillium Health Partners, which put out a statement on Wednesday, 27 July 2022.
The rumour circulating on social media is simply not true. Their passings were not related to the COVID-19 vaccine.
Fact #11 : Deaths / Injuries From COVID-19 Vaccines Can Be Proven
Anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction) from Pfizer or Moderna mRNA vaccines happens within minutes. That’s why people are asked to wait for 15-30 minutes after getting the vaccine. People who get an anaphylactic shock will require an epinephrine shot to quickly relieve it.
Vaccine-induced myocarditis has distinct histopathology findings that are different from typical myocarditis, so a pathologist will be able to determine if the myocarditis was caused by the vaccines or otherwise.
Vaccine-induced Thrombotic Thrombocytopenia (VITT) is very specific to the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. It is also easily differentiated by its unique combination of blood clots in large veins of the brains, abdomen and lungs, together with low platelet counts leading to bleeding tendencies.
Read more : Vaccine myocarditis risk less than 1 in million!
Fact #12 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective
COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.
In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.
Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.
Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!
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