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Vaccinated US nurse contracts COVID-19, expert says Pfizer shot needed more time to work - ABC

CoronavirusDec 30, 2020 06:15AM ET
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(Reuters) - A nurse in California tested positive for COVID-19 more than a week after receiving Pfizer Inc (NYSE:PFE)'s vaccine, an ABC News affiliate reported https:// on Tuesday, but a medical expert said the body needs more time to build up protection.

Matthew W., 45, a nurse at two different local hospitals, said in a Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) post on December 18 that he had received the Pfizer vaccine, telling the ABC News affiliate that his arm was sore for a day but that he had suffered no other side-effects.

Six days later on Christmas Eve, he became sick after working a shift in the COVID-19 unit, the report added. He got the chills and later came down with muscle aches and fatigue.

He went to a drive-up hospital testing site and tested positive for COVID-19 the day after Christmas, the report said.

Christian Ramers, an infectious disease specialist with Family Health Centers of San Diego, told the ABC News affiliate that this scenario was not unexpected.

"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," Ramers said.

"That first dose we think gives you somewhere around 50%, and you need that second dose to get up to 95%," Ramers added.

Vaccinated US nurse contracts COVID-19, expert says Pfizer shot needed more time to work - ABC
 

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Franco Dominguez
Franco Dominguez Dec 31, 2020 4:26AM ET
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zombie era begins
Stew Preston
Stew Preston Dec 30, 2020 11:36PM ET
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All this info was public knowledge, it needs two doses to reach 95%. I don’t see why this is concerning news.
la popeye
la popeye Dec 30, 2020 11:36PM ET
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selling fear !!!!😱😱
Steven Heckler
Steven Heckler Dec 30, 2020 11:36PM ET
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Intelligent people that are ignorant it was public knowledge this untested experimental vaccine that changes your DNA is safe and effective
nathan peterds
nathan peterds Dec 30, 2020 10:40PM ET
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PAGE 2 CONTINUED----someone who believes in population reduction a person whos been kicked out of Muliple  countries for paralyzing ***and conducting experiments on ppl, yes these ppl r poor so i kno to some ppl out there these ppl do not matter or do not count bc we cannot see the devastation he has caused so many  many hundreds of thousands ppls lives and there families lives he has ruined,even if they dont matter to u . why would we let him be in charge of our health of our lives
nathan peterds
nathan peterds Dec 30, 2020 10:38PM ET
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open your eyes and think for yourselves are the people really this gullible instead of beleiving everything the news tells you as a fact use the internet look up the real science the information is overwhelming that there is something else taking place anyone with the ability to do some basic research next to no deaths from cancer cardiovascular disease the flu this past year , hospitals are running on a skeleton crew entire floors are empty , after vaccination ppl are testing positive for HIV almost every person put on a ventilator winds  up dead. why are hospitals being paid to diagnose paid more to put ppl on ventilators and 40k to put covid on death certificate.why are the numbers not significantly lower since the lockdowns and the mandatory masks  everywhere ?y is *****9ates in charge of the who  why wouldnt someone with medical training like perhaps a doctor or scientist or researcher running thing why someone w zero training running things . a self described   eugenicist ,
Ryan Hardin
Ryan Hardin Dec 30, 2020 6:38PM ET
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ABC and Reuters chipping away at their own credibility (if they even had any left)
Verndale Confusiarty
Verndale Confusiarty Dec 30, 2020 2:44PM ET
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Cpuld have caught it before vaccination. This thing can go 3 plus weeks before symptoms show up especially in middle-aged healthcare professionals who already have a baseline immunity to many diseases via exposure to those antigens over their career timeframe. In addition this darn virus may have already undergone even a slight mutation due to being in the US for almost a year and thereby may have increased virulence.
Scott Espeseth
Scott Espeseth Dec 30, 2020 1:18PM ET
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Sooooo is the media going to report on EVERY vacination failure or should we just assume a less tgan 1% failure rate - which is conservate - and be done with it.
Daniel Lu
Daniel Lu Dec 30, 2020 12:10PM ET
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This medical expert wanted to say this drug needded more time for body testing? Investors would like to see if the vaccine still works one day after muscle aches and fatigue from a Christmas party, lol
Sanjeet Kumar
Sanjeet Kumar Dec 30, 2020 12:10PM ET
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Vaccine is a scam.
Daniel Lu
Daniel Lu Dec 30, 2020 12:10PM ET
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Vinay Rampariya
Vinay Rampariya Dec 30, 2020 11:33AM ET
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This is insane...why didn't Pfizer warned ppl that even after vaccine they need time of 10/14 odd days to work it effectively...
Ice Dragon
Ice Dragon Dec 30, 2020 11:33AM ET
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They did in an inadvertent way by saying you need 2 doses. So one would assume they are not fully vaccinated until they get the second dose and even then should try to keep to protocol for some time after as a precaution. Immunity needs to be built first. People keep assuming all of this *******will make them invincible against the virus and it doesn't. Same thing with masks. As soon as people got them they stopped staying 6 feet away from people which is still protocol. If people want to assume they are cured then thats on them. medicine is not so black and white. Most vaccinations take time to work in the body so its assumed if others take time, this will too. Besides that, if people can't even follow something as simple as mask wearing, then I doubt they will follow what Pfizer says either. Its unfortunate this nurse got sick with Covid, hopefully this information will be broadcasted wide enough so everyone can see the information.
Jo Pa
Jo Pa Dec 30, 2020 9:15AM ET
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The immune system has a 99.8% survival rate. The man recovered from it within days, experiencing symptoms not worse than a common cold.
Joseph Armour
Joseph Armour Dec 30, 2020 9:06AM ET
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95% means 5% will absolutely still get infected. please go back to school and learn a little something besides negative childish expression
Josh Davis
Josh Davis Dec 30, 2020 9:06AM ET
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False. Read the statements made by the studies and pfizers ceo they dont know if it will even protect against transmission and contraction of the virus. Dont believe me ? https://www.businessinsider.com/pfizer-chairman-not-clear-people-spread-covid-19-after-vaccine-2020-12
Dionte Edwards
Dionte Edwards Dec 30, 2020 9:02AM ET
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Lmaooooo, Pfizer drug wasn't even effective in the first place.
Mario Novak
Mario Novak Dec 30, 2020 7:56AM ET
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She is now naturally vaccinated and there's no need for a other shot.
Ben Mullinger
Ben Mullinger Dec 30, 2020 6:38AM ET
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This is a very misleading headline and you shouldn't be writing this stuff!! It gives anti vaxers ammo, when in actual fact he hadn't even had the second dose and not given the 1st dose time to work. Disgusting reporting.
Ross Dre
Ross Dre Dec 30, 2020 6:38AM ET
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Yeah, thats what i wondered from reading the article... and i’m still unclear. Did the nurse only receive one of the two shots? If so, why is this even news?
Josh Davis
Josh Davis Dec 30, 2020 6:38AM ET
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Ross Dre it should be reporting pfizer own ceo said they are uncertain if the vaccine stops transmission at all. Not this ******* Transmission was never an endpoint or studied on these vaccines. So you basically got a therapeutic drug to help with symptoms and not something to stop the virus.
 
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