A California nurse tested positive for COVID-19 more than a week after receiving the vaccine, although medical experts say the timeline is not uncommon.
KRTV reported that ER nurse Matthew W., who works at two different hospitals in San Diego, received the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on December 18 and initially reported a hand sore for a day.
The 45-year-old nurse then felt ill after working seven days later on Christmas Eve in her shift at the COVID-19 unit.
The nurse was experiencing classic symptoms such as fatigue, chills, and body aches. Two days later, Matthew tested at a drive-up hospital and according to the outlet, his results for coronovirus came back positive.
Dr., an infectious disease specialist from San Diego’s Family Health Centers. Christian Ramer told KGTV that it is likely that Matthew contracted the virus before being shot because the first dose of the vaccine vaccine takes about two weeks.
“We know from vaccine clinical trials that it’s going to take you about 10 to 14 days to develop protection from the vaccine,” Ramers said. “We think the first dose gives you about 50%, and you need a second dose to get up to 95 percent.”
Ramers said people should not let their guard down despite being vaccinated, and they should continue to follow protocols such as washing hands and wearing masks during an epidemic.
“You hear that physicians are very optimistic about the beginning of its end, but it’s going to be a slow roll, from week to month as we roll the vaccine,” the expert said.