A nurse is worried that after she caught the coronavirus just a few weeks after getting the Pfizer vaccine, she was lured into a false sense of security about the vaccine.
The NHS worker who prefers to remain anonymous works in the south-west Wales district of the Hywel Dda University Health Board, which includes Pembrokeshire Local, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire.
She said of her latest positive test result that at this point she is “angry and heartbroken” that she has contracted the deadly virus.
As the UK continues to record staggering death rates, Wales is still in a tight lockdown, with First Minister Mark Drakeford due to revisit the steps next week.
Covid’s latest mutant strain has been tearing through Britain, and the nurse in question clarified that when the new, extremely infectious strain appeared, she was initially glad to be given the chance of the vaccine back in December.
She had trouble making an appointment at first, but just over three weeks ago, she managed to get her first dose of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine.
She felt “angry and heartbroken” about catching Covid at this stage, the hospital nurse, who works in the Hywel Dda University Health Board region in West Wales, said.
“It gave me peace of mind. It did make me feel safer and that I was doing the correct thing for my family, but it gives a false sense of security.”
The nurse also clarified that it would take 10 days for the jab to give her some immunity against the virus and reduce the risk of infection, but three weeks later, she began to feel unwell.
Her husband and one of her children have tested positive, suffering a high temperature, breathlessness and a bad cough with “quite severe symptoms”
When she found out she had contracted the virus, she added that she was “shocked”
The first to be carried out was the Pfizer vaccine, which began on December 8, 2020.
For the vaccine to function entirely, two doses are required, and at present, about a million people have had their first dose.
The recommendation concerning the vaccine for the whole of the UK was that three weeks after the initial one, the second dose of the vaccine was required, but this has changed since then.
Now, following the recommendation of the UK Chief Medical Officers, it is recommended that there be a 12-week delay between doses.