Monroe County commissioner dies of COVID-19 – WPLG Local 10

MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – Monroe County Commissioner Mike Forster died on Monday morning of complications with COVID-19 after a vaccine breakthrough infection.

Rev. Tony Hammon announced on Facebook Foster died at 4:15 a.m. at Baptist Hospital in Miami-Dade County.

“Mike was one of the most amazing, caring, loving and giving humans, touching the lives of so many in the Keys and around the world,” his nephew Brian Shapiro wrote. “Mike was fearless in living his best life with purpose and passion so uniquely and authentically ‘Mangrove’ Mike.”

Monroe County Mayor Michelle Coldiron announced on Aug. 26 that Forster had been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Forster, who represented Monroe County’s District 5, had received a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which was less effective in clinical trials than the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

This is a developing story. Local 10 News Assignment Desk Editor Guadalupe Monarrez contributed to this report.

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