“The way that you help those who are most vulnerable is by not letting the virus get to them in the first place, and the best way to do that is to go out there and get vaccinated,” said Dr. Ed Lifshitz, medical director of the Communicable Disease Service at New Jersey’s Health Department, in regards to those who might point to Powell’s death to argue against getting vaccinated.

Powell’s age and bout with cancer left him vulnerable to COVID-19