Grandma contracts COVID-19 between vaccine doses
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This is what happened to Nelda Benavidez, a grandmother who contracted the coronavirus after her first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on January 7.
She said she was hopeful and excited to be better protected against the virus. Then, two weeks later, on January 23, she received a call telling her that she had tested positive.
“I was told that I could not take the second dose after having COVID. I was also told that I had to wait three months. And then I was also told that I had to start all over again and that I had to wait 90 days, ”Benavidez said.
Confused by the information she was receiving, Benavidez decided to do her own research. After speaking with her doctor, she discovered that much of the information turned out to be false.
“After being quarantined for 14 days, I can make my second appointment for the second shot,” Benavidez said. “As long as I didn’t have a fever, I was able to get the vaccine.”
San Angelo local health authority Dr Vretis agreed, saying people who contract the virus should always receive their second dose once they are free from symptoms.
“As long as it’s over, they can go ahead and get their second vaccination,” Vretis said.
Benavidez still does not regret choosing the injection.
“I think if I hadn’t had the first stroke I think I would have been a lot sicker than I got,” she said. “I feel like, yes, I had a few symptoms – arm pain, a little fever, a little chills – but it only lasted about 24 hours.”
Experts believe that getting a COVID-19 vaccine may help you not get seriously ill even if you contract the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
On Tuesday, Benavidez received her second dose of the vaccine, and although she had minor side effects, she is grateful that she was able to complete her vaccination process not only to protect herself but also for her family members.
According to the CDC, a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with the coronavirus because none of the vaccines contain the live virus that causes it.
“All of the COVID-19 vaccines currently available in the United States have been shown to be very effective in preventing COVID-19,” the CDC said.
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