Last week, health care workers across the U.S. started receiving COVID-19 vaccines, ahead of seniors and Americans with compromised immunity and other risk factors for COVID. The idea is that these front-line workers would need to be protected so they don’t spread COVID to the patients they’re treating. The big question many are asking is, are health care workers being used guinea pigs for the COVID vaccine, and is the vaccine truly effective in preventing patients from contracting COVID from health care workers?
Earlier today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis was asked by a reporter if he, like other top lawmakers, was going to take the COVID vaccination? DeSantis clapped back, saying he wasn’t interested in placing himself in line ahead of seniors and others whose health may be more compromised.
“Granted, I’m an elected official— but whoop dee doo. At the end of the day, let’s focus where the risk is.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 30, 2020
Are those who receivee the COVID vaccination really protected from COVID?
Fox 13 Now reports – A California nurse tested positive for COVID-19 more than a week after receiving the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Health experts are saying this may not be completely unexpected given the time it takes for the vaccine to become protective and the fact that a second dose is needed for full efficacy.
In a Facebook message posted on December 18, Matthew W., an ER nurse at two different hospitals in the San Diego area, talked about receiving the Pfizer vaccine that day. He told KGTV his arm was sore for a day but he suffered no other side effects.
Six days later on Christmas Eve, after working a shift in the COVID-19 unit, Matthew, 45, became sick. He got the chills and later came down with muscle aches and fatigue.
The day after Christmas, he went to a drive-up hospital testing site and tested positive for COVID-19.
“It’s not unexpected at all. If you work through the numbers, this is exactly what we’d expect to happen if someone was exposed,” said Dr. Christian Ramers, an infectious disease specialist with Family Health Centers of San Diego. He serves on the clinical advisory panel for the county’s vaccine rollout.
He points out, it is possible Matthew was infected before receiving the vaccine, as the incubation period may be as much as two weeks. Dr. Ramers says if Matthew did contract it after the vaccine, it’s still in line with what we know.
“We know from the vaccine clinical trials that it’s going to take about 10 to 14 days for you to start to develop protection from the vaccine,” said Dr. Ramers.
Dr. Ramers says he knows of several other local cases where health care workers became infected around the time they received the vaccine. He says all the cases illustrate the fact that results aren’t immediate. Even after you start receiving some protection, it won’t be full protection.