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COVID-19 vaccine survivor recounts ordeal, adverse reactions



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Jake Holliday, a single father has recounted the serious adverse reactions that followed his vaccination and the difficulties he has since faced since he took the vaccine in April 2021.

The damage Holliday sustained to his health continues to adversely affect his life today. He explained:

“I would like to tell my story as much as possible and participate in as many studies as I can because this isn’t right,” he said. “I want to do anything and everything I can to get my story out there in order to bring awareness to this issue.”

Holliday’s first symptoms appeared seven days after vaccination. He told The Defender:

“I started to feel slight chest pains, fatigue, shortness of breath and a rise of [my] heart rate that progressively got worse each day until the tenth day, when I had the worst chest pain of my life and had to call 911.”

“I learned I was having a ‘widowmaker’ type of heart attack due to two large blood clots inside my heart that required a heart catheter and two stents.

“Because of the damage done to my heart I’m now in congestive heart failure with an ejection fraction of 10-25%, and I ended up having to get a subcutaneous ICD [implantable cardioverter-defibrillator] implant in the beginning of June 2022.

“I’m no longer able to work and have a hard time with anything that requires energy or exertion. Even something as minor as taking a shower can be difficult, which is why I have a shower chair now.”

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Holliday continues to feel “real weak and fatigued” despite the many prescription drugs he’s taking.

“I’m now on Eliquis, Brilinta, isosorbide mononitrate, aspirin, lisinopril, carvedilol and atorvastatin,” he said. “I guess they are helping with prevention of another heart attack, blood clots and the VFib but I still feel real weak and fatigued all the time.”

Like other vaccine injury victims interviewed by The Defender, Holliday said some of his doctors have been “reluctant” to connect his symptoms to the COVID-19 vaccine.

“My electrophysiologist is reluctant to admit the vaccine has anything to do with it … But my cardiologist does think it has something to do with it, and we are in the process of [filing] a VAERS [Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System] report.”


Holliday told The Defender he is fortunate to be supported by family and friends, but he has faced obstacles in some relationships.

“My family and friends have been real supportive, but it has caused major issues within my romantic life, due to erectile dysfunction from the heart damage and medications.”

He found online groups for vaccine-injured individuals, such as the Vaccine Injury/Side Effects Support Group founded by vaccine injury victim Catherine “Cat” Parker on Facebook, helpful, and s “met lots of vaccine-injured people” on Twitter.

Holliday has taken to twitter to share his story and provide additional visibility to the stories shared by others like him. On Oct. 26, Holliday tweeted:

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