Three people in Hawaii who were fully vaccinated tested positive for COVID-19, but health officials are still urging everyone to get the punctures.
People became infected after receiving both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, the KITV news station reported.
In all three cases, the patients did not become seriously ill and it does not appear that they have transmitted the virus to anyone else, the state Department of Health said.
One of the patients was a healthcare worker on Oahu who completed his vaccine regimen in early January 2021.
About a month later, the worker traveled to several cities in the United States, the agency said.
Following travel protocol, the healthcare worker and his travel companion were tested for the virus before returning to Hawaii.
But they didn’t find out they tested positive until they both returned to the state, health officials said.
Hawaii Pacific Health’s Dr. Melinda Ashton said the case is a reminder of the risks associated with travel, even if you’re vaccinated against the virus.
“You absolutely have to be careful during those times when you’re at the airport, on the plane, with other people in larger groups,” Ashton told the outlet.
Officials added that it is not surprising that some vaccinated Hawaiians have tested positive for the virus.
“Remember, 95% of people get immunity from vaccines and 5% not from Moderna and Pfizer vaccines,” Lieutenant Governor Josh Green told news station KHON2.
“Some people will dive into this and say, oh, so the vaccine doesn’t work. It does not work. It works for a large percentage of people, but not all, and that’s an important message, “Green added.