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'sick people' Sister of woman (22) slams anti-vaxxers for falsely claiming death was caused by jab

"She did not die from a vaccine and to constantly see her name being used to say she did is torture"

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Deb and Nicole Cahill

Deb and Nicole Cahill

Deb and Nicole Cahill

The sister of a young woman who died earlier this year has slammed far-right anti-vaccination groups for falsely claiming her death was caused by a Covid-19 vaccine.

Nicole Cahill (22), from Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford died in March. Since then, her image has been used by far-right anti-vax groups falsely claiming that she died because she received the Covid-19 vaccination.

Nicole’s sister Deb has been fighting these groups and debunking their claims online, calling for people to report any posts attributing Nicole’s death to the vaccine.

Posting in a Facebook group with over 20,000 members, Deb said “sick people” have been sharing Nicole’s photo along with her vaccine card and death notice online.

“I’m so sick of people using her to defer people from taking the vaccine, as are my family,” she said.

“We as a family are trying to grieve and it’s impossible when a******s – for want of a better word – are using my sister and her death to promote against vaccinations.

“She did not die from a vaccine and to constantly see her name being used to say she did is torture.”

Deb appeared on RTÉ’s Liveline today to further discuss the issue.

“Nicole should be remembered for the bubbly person she was, but instead her face is splashed across social media in an anti-vaccine campaign,” she told Joe Duffy.

“At the end of the day, with all that the world is going through, why would you put a family through this?

“Nicole did not die from a Covid vaccine. We as a family don’t want her photo posted everywhere.

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“Anyone that wants to degrade her memory is sick and shouldn’t be doing it.... All we’re asking for is a bit of respect. They’re degrading her memory and that just doesn’t sit right with me.

Deb then asked listeners to report any anti-vax posts using Nicole’s photos and to “think of the family.”

“At the end of the day, Nicole passed away and we have to grieve her loss. She didn’t die from the vaccine. Leave the girl to rest in peace and be remembered in the way we want her to be remembered.”

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