The creator of a COVID-19 vaccine app used by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has died two months after taking a COVID vaccine.
Joel Robert Kallman of Delaware, Ohio, died on May 25, after tweeting a message March 26 that he had received his first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. Two days after his death his employer announced that he had “passed away from Covid-19.”
The 54-year-old husband and father, best known in the technology field as the creator and vision behind Oracle APEX, a web-based software development platform, tweeted his last message on March 29, three days after getting the shot.
“I got my first vaccination today,” Kallman tweeted on March 26. “I am incredibly proud of @Oracle and the team that worked tirelessly to create and run v-safe for the USA.”
After his tweet announcing having received a COVID vaccine shot, Kallman tweeted five more times in the following three days and then abruptly stopped posting messages altogether after his last post about a tech conference on March 29. He had been in the habit of tweeting at least once daily.
“We’re heartbroken to share that Joel Kallman has passed away from Covid-19 on May 25th,” Oracle APEX company tweeted May 27. “Joel’s warmth and enthusiasm touched countless across the globe. We miss him dearly.”
No description of Kallman’s condition between his vaccine and his death was provided by his company or his obituary, which asked that donations be given in lieu of flowers to the National Right to Life Committee.
Kallman had raised money for cancer research by annually biking 200 miles in a fundraiser and giving generously to cancer research drives. He was described by employees and friends as “so kind,” an “amazing mentor,” and a person “who helped people feel like they mattered.” Read more…