COVID-19: 0.54% of hospital staff received a virus 1-10 days after vaccination

Medical staff should not quickly dismiss symptoms as vaccine-related after vaccination and always test for COVID-19 when symptoms are evident, according to a study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday.

The study was conducted by a group of Israeli doctors and scientists from the Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, all of whom were actively involved in the fight against the spread of the virus and the treatment of its victims in Israel.

It focuses on the occurrence of COVID-19 symptoms and specifically on their occurrence after vaccination to prevent cases of disease symptoms from being mistaken for vaccine side effects. According to the study, such errors are more common than expected.

“The coexistence of vaccinations with the rapidly increasing spread of COVID-19 in many parts of the world is a confusing time to mix hope with great vulnerability,” the study said. Therefore, “any physical complaint after vaccination presents a real diagnostic dilemma as to whether a side effect or a new COVID-19 infection is the cause. In Israel, of the 4,081 vaccinated health care workers enrolled in the study, 22 ( 0.54%) developed COVID-19 one to 10 days after inoculation.
Among these, 13 health care workers were tested just for showing symptoms such as a sore throat, cough, headache and fever, which are common flu-like diseases that are easily overlooked and dismissed, especially when the country’s hospitals deal with overwhelming numbers of patients on a daily basis.

The other nine health care workers who tested positive after vaccination were tested because they were exposed to confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases.

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Given that vaccination is a priority for health care workers in Israel and many other parts of the world, the study emphasized the importance of detecting post-vaccination infections in this group and pointed to the deadly chain reaction that Can be caused by an unknown infected hospital worker.

The study therefore concludes that clinics and hospitals should have a high level of suspicion when they encounter reported symptoms. It should be noted, however, that the authors stressed that “large-scale vaccination of at-risk groups, and later the general population, is the most effective public health measure for reducing coronavirus disease”.

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