A woman from Alaska who received both doses of the Johnson & Johnson Vaccine has reportedly caught the virus again for a third time.
A recent story by Fox News reported that a woman from Alaska got COVID-19. Kim Akers, an Alaska resident, wrote on Facebook about her story. Her story began in December when Kim Akers first got COVID-19. Reportedly, she was ill with an unusually strong headache and other symptoms not unlike those seen with the common Flu. When March 5th rolled around, Kim– after recovering– was eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Reportedly, Kim was very eager to get the vaccine shot, due to her underlying health conditions related to rheumatoid arthritis. As noted, she got both doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. However, after receiving both shots, she felt ill again. Kim reported symptoms of fatigue, Nausea, and chest congestion, while away on a weekend vacation to a lake with friends and family. She noted that she did not think it was COVID-19 until she got home and the symptoms worsened. Kim reportedly tested positive on March 29th and made a full recovery three days after that.
This vaccine has a reported 66% effectiveness when related to moderate or severe symptoms. However, when symptoms are not severe, it is said to be quite effective. This vaccine is reported to be about 72% effective when it comes to variants of COVID-19. However, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been reported to not be as effective when compared to the other vaccines. Other vaccines– like the Pfizer Vaccine– reported as high as 95% effectiveness against COVID-19. Public Health Experts have noted, however, that these vaccines are not 100% effective. As of now 119 Million Americans have been vaccinated, with nearly 22% of the population being fully vaccinated (about 15.1 million).
Kim Akers when she posted on Facebook that she got COVID-19 for a second time, her messaging was not that the vaccines are ineffective and we should not take it. Instead, her message was encouraging people to get it in order to sooner end limitations that the government has placed upon social activities. She also claims that she was just very unlikely with her situation, and that she still wants all Americans to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
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