California anti-mandate activist Kelly Ernby was not vaccinated when she died of COVID-19 this week, according to her husband — who said that “that was the problem.”
The 46-year-old Republican deputy district attorney from Orange County had until a month before her death vehemently attacked coronavirus vaccine mandates.
When news of her death broke Monday, it was not immediately clear if she had herself been vaccinated — with some fellow GOP activists even suggesting the shot had actually caused her death, according to The Orange County Register.
Ernby’s husband, Axel Mattias Ernby, quickly responded to shut down the false rumors, the paper said.
“Please stop spreading lies about Kelly Ernby,” the widower wrote on at least one Facebook post about his wife’s death.
“She was NOT vaccinated. That was the problem,” he wrote.
He shared the same message on other posts, including one from someone who claimed the late activist was a “very dear friend.”
Another poster claiming to be the dead activist’s sister said that most of the rest of the family had been jabbed, the paper noted.
Don Wagner, a local official and friend of the late deputy DA, told the Register that they were united in believing that “it is the choice of the individual to get vaccinated.”
He said he and his family had been vaccinated — and losing a friend who had not been did not change his belief that it was a personal decision, not one to be mandated by the government.
Nearly 70 percent of OC residents are fully vaccinated, and the government “browbeating” people into a decision will just further polarize them, Wagner told the paper.