DEPUTY district attorney Kelly Ernby passed away at 46 from Covid complications after speaking out against vaccine mandates.
Ernby joined the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in 2011.
A deputy district attorney Kelly Ernby passed away at 46 from Covid complicationsCredit: Instagram/Kelly Ernby
Kelly Ernby joined the Orange County District Attorney’s Office in 2011Credit: Instagram/Kelly Ernby
District Attorney Todd Spitzer described her as “an incredibly vibrant and passionate attorney.”
“The Orange County district attorney’s office is utterly heartbroken by the sudden and unexpected passing of Deputy Dist. Atty. Kelly Ernby,” Spitzer said in a statement.
“Her enthusiasm was contagious and she invested every ounce of her enthusiasm into her work safeguarding Orange County as part of our Environmental Protection team.”
“She was very passionate about her love for politics, for America and the Republican Party,” said Jon Fleischman, former executive director of the California Republican Party.
“She jumped into a race for state Assembly when not many people knew her, ended up raising more money and having a much larger grass-roots organization than expected.”
Her death comes after she spoke against vaccine mandates at a rally organized by right-wing student group Turning Post USA in December, telling protesters that “there’s nothing that matters more than our freedoms right now.”
In 2020, Ernby ran an unsuccessful campaign for California State Assembly as a Republican.
According to The Orange County Register, the GOP candidate was widely expected to run again in 2022.
Ernby is survived by her husband, Axel.
Vaccine effectiveness & Omicron
Expert studies have shown that the risk of severe illness from Covid-19 is reduced by 90 percent or more among people who are fully vaccinated.
While there are breakthrough cases of Covid among people who are vaccinated, they are rare.
In the event of a breakthrough case, victims are highly unlikely to be hospitalized with severe or deadly symptoms from the virus.
Health officials have advised that the Omicron variant is more infectious and could lead to further breakthrough cases.
Yet the spread can be offset by all vaccinated Americans receiving a booster shot.
Current vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant.
With other variants, like Delta, vaccines have remained effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations, and death.
Studies have also shown that side effects from the vaccine are extremely rare.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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