The first federal inmate to die of COVID-19 at Brooklyn’s federal jail was vaccinated four days before he tested positive for the virus and died of complications, the Daily News has learned.
Edwin Segarra, 46, succumbed to the virus last Friday after being rushed from Metropolitan Detention Center to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn. “Hey sis, hope all is well with you and the family just took the first shot of the COVID vaccine. 21 days until I can get the next one,” Segarra said in a message to his family in January.
But the day before his death, another message showed Segarra’s fortunes had changed dramatically. Hey sis I tested positive on the 23, 4 days after I took the shot (sic) crazy I was bad for 10 days but I’m doing better, love you,” Segarra wrote in a jailhouse message to his sister, Wendy Sanchez.