A doctor has tested positive for coronavirus four days after being injected with the first dose of Pfizer vaccine.
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus. Most people who fall sick with COVID-19 will experience mild to moderate symptoms and recover without special treatment.
The incident occurred at Montefiore Hospital in New York, with Dr. Amos Dudi, an intensive care and lung disease specialist at the hospital saying;
“One of our team members started to feel symptoms about four days after he got the vaccine,”
“We are not sure when exactly he was infected, it may have even been before he received the vaccine or it could be after then.”
Dr. Dudi noted that the Pfizer vaccine does not achieve its full effect of protection from the coronavirus until the second dose has been administered, 21 days after the first dose is given.
“We do not expect to be immune to the virus before that. It is precisely this period of time between the two vaccine doses is the period of time in which people should be careful and not be complacent.
I myself was vaccinated 11 days ago, and that does not stop me from putting on a mask and being as cautious as I was before that. On the contrary, I may be even a little more cautious.”
South Africa yesterday became the first country on the continent to register more than one million Covid-19 cases, France24 reports.
It comes just days after authorities confirmed that a new, faster-spreading, coronavirus variant had been detected.
Some hospitals and medical centres have reported a huge rise in admissions, putting a heavy strain on resources.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is widely expected to announce tougher restrictions to prevent the virus from spreading further.
The latest milestone was announced on Sunday, 27 December, by South Africa’s health minister, Zweli Mkhize. The country has now confirmed 1,004,413 Covid-19 infections and 26,735 deaths since the outbreak began in March.
Last week, South Africa recorded a daily average of 11,700 new infections, a rise of 39% on the previous week and from Wednesday to Friday the daily number of new cases was above 14,000.