Two Local NHS Staff Contract Coronavirus After First Vaccine

A local nurse tested positive after receiving her first dose of vaccine and she gives an important warning “It’s important we get the vaccine, but we need to remember it takes time to build immunity, and that one vaccination doesn’t stop you getting the virus”. She caught the virus three days after her first jab.

She said it is important we get the vaccine, but we need to remember it takes time to build immunity, and that one vaccination doesn’t stop you getting the virus”.

A GP receptionist says she caught the virus almost three weeks after receiving her first injection. She said “I got [the first vaccine] on December 16, and I tested positive on January 4. They do say that the vaccine helps prevent serious illness, so either it was too soon after the vaccine or I could have been much worse. I think it’s made clearer now, but at the time I naively thought I was safe. Don’t get me wrong, I was still taking all the precautions but I was really shocked when I got Covid”.

Both workers are employed by Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals NHS Trust. The Trust’s medical director, Terry Hankin, said “Covid infection rates are still very high in our community and we would urge the public to continue to follow the guidance – washing their hands regularly, wearing a facemask, and maintaining social distancing at all times, regardless of whether they have received the vaccine or not.

“The vaccine can take up to three weeks after the first jab to offer any protection against the virus, so it is vital people continue to do everything they can to minimise the spread of the virus”.

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