Josh Mugele, a Georgia emergency doctor, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Tuesday.
Nine days ago, Mugele received the first dose of Pfizer and BioNTech̵
Mugele’s COVID-19 infection does not mean that the injection failed.
The vaccine needs to be injected twice to be fully effective. It may take up to several weeks for vaccinated people to strengthen their immunity. Therefore, it is important to continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing after the vaccine.
Moog said: “This is really stupid luck.” “I happened to be exposed within a few days of the vaccination, but this is still our best tool to fight the virus.”
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Josh Mugele works night shifts during Christmas. He has been treating coronavirus patients since the beginning of the pandemic, but his hospital in Georgia has been operating unprecedentedly. However, there is a little relief: Mugele received the first dose of Pfizer and BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine on December 20.
Mugele, an emergency room doctor at the Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, Georgia, told Business Insider: “Before the vaccination, I had been working three consecutive shifts.” “Before that, I was really worried that I would be caught. Exposure. To be honest, when I was able to get the vaccine on the 20th, I really felt relaxed. I thought I would cross the finish line.”
Then on Monday, he got a headache and coughed again. The next day, he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Mugler said: “At first I was scared, but I think it is more important to be angry than anything.” “Like any ER file in the country, I have been exposed the most, and I have been spared 10 months before It is stupid and frustrating to correct it immediately after receiving the vaccine.”
Pfizer vaccine is injected twice in 21 days
Mugele has always known that he might get sick after his first medication.
Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccines were injected twice in 21 days. It was found that the two-dose regimen can effectively prevent the incidence of symptomatic COVID-19 up to 95%, but the single dose provides much less protection. This is why vaccinators must be vaccinated again.
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Whether the vaccine can completely prevent infection is also unknown. It may take up to several weeks after vaccination to develop immunity in the form of antibodies against the virus.
“The first eight days are really critical,” Moog said. “People must still be completely isolated. They must wear masks, they must wash their hands, and they must avoid going out to get the benefits of the vaccine.”
“This is really stupid luck”
Mugler said that if his symptoms have disappeared a week early, he still plans to take a second dose on January 12. He also emphasized that his infection is not a sign of any problems with the vaccine.
He said: “This is really stupid luck.” “I happened to be exposed within a few days of the vaccination, but this is still our best tool to fight the virus.”
As an emergency room doctor, Mugele also has a higher risk of infection than many Americans, especially because his hospital is full of coronavirus patients.
He said: “Our hospital is almost the same as other hospitals in the country.” “Our sales are higher than ever.”
U.S. vaccine rollout is slow
In the past two months, the number of U.S. coronavirus hospitalizations has tripled, reaching a peak of nearly 125,000 on Tuesday. Mugler said that at this critical moment, he had to feel sad for another doctor to cover up his transformation.
He said: “Today’s transformation is indeed very, very difficult.” “We see people in non-ideal conditions, such as in corridors or waiting rooms, so this is a stressful and stressful work environment. Everyone Has become thin and weak.”
Although vaccines are still the fastest way to contain the pandemic, the progress of immunization in the United States has been slow compared to what federal officials expected. Earlier this month, the Trump administration predicted that 20 million Americans will have the coronavirus by the end of the year. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that so far, the US has exported about 14 million doses, but only 2.6 million people have received the first injection.
Mugler said: “It is very important that until we universalize the vaccination rate across the country, even if you get both vaccines at the same time, you have to be careful.” “You still have to wear a mask in public, and Large gatherings must still be avoided, and hands must be washed. We are still confused about this.”
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