They were vaccinated on Jan 18 and tested positive 7 to 10 days later
All admitted in Chamarajnagar district hospital; speculation is whether they were asymptomatic prior to vaccination
In a worrying development which has shaken the state health department, 5 doctors working in the Chamarajanagar district hospital have tested positive for Covid-19 even after they were vaccinated against the infection on January 18.
The question plaguing the health department is whether the 5 doctors were asymptomatic for the disease before they were vaccinated. That would be impossible to prove now as, in the absence of symptoms, the question of testing would not have arisen and they would have been leading a normal life like anyone else before they were vaccinated.
All 5 doctors, of whom 2 were engaged in clinical work, have been admitted in the local district hospital. All of them had been vaccinated — 2 with Covishield and 3 with Covaxin — on January 18. They reportedly developed sympoms of the infection later and on getting tested at the hospital were found Covid-positive on January 25, 26, 27 and 28.
Docs under watch
Speaking to TheBengaluruLive, Chamarajanagar district health officer Dr Ravi confirmed the development and said that all 5 doctors had been admitted in the district hospital and were being closely monitored.
Replying to a query, Dr Ravi said the doctors might have come in contact with Covid-19 earlier but might have been asymptomatic and hence were not aware of being infected. “There are chances that they would have got a mild infection after the vaccination and after getting tested they were shown to be Covid-positive. But we cannot say that they tested positive after taking the vaccination,” he said, adding that individual reactions to vaccination can vary.
Minister stresses dosage cycle
Meanwhile, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar tweeted on Saturday that there are chances of people getting infected despite vaccination as it needs to complete the entire dosage cycle.
He tweeted, “The second dose should be received 28 days after the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, (and immunity builds) 14-15 days after the second dose; i.e., approximately 45 days after the first dose. In the meantime, a person who is vaccinated may become infected if he comes in contact with the virus.”
ಕೊರೊನಾ ಲಸಿಕೆಯ ಮೊದಲನೇ ಡೋಸ್ ಪಡೆದ 28 ದಿನಗಳ ನಂತರ ಎರಡನೇ ಡೋಸ್ ಪಡೆಯಬೇಕಿದ್ದು, ಎರಡನೇ ಡೋಸ್ ಪಡೆದ 14-15 ದಿನಗಳ ನಂತರ, ಅಂದರೆ, ಮೊದಲನೇ ಡೋಸ್ ಪಡೆದ ಸುಮಾರು 45 ದಿನಗಳ ನಂತರವಷ್ಟೇ ರೋಗ ನಿರೋಧಕ ಶಕ್ತಿ ಬರಲಿದೆ. ಈ ನಡುವೆ ಲಸಿಕೆ ಪಡೆದ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಿ ವೈರಾಣುವಿನ ಸಂಪರ್ಕಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದಿದ್ದರೆ ಸೋಂಕು ತಗುಲುವ ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆ ಇರುತ್ತದೆ. (1/2)— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) January 30, 2021
In another tweet, he maintained, “Both Covishield and Covaxin vaccines are completely safe and can be taken by the public without any hesitation. Again I appeal (to people) not to heed any false rumours about the corona vaccine.”
ಕೋವಿಶೀಲ್ಡ್ ಮತ್ತು ಕೋವ್ಯಾಕ್ಸಿನ್ ಎರಡೂ ಲಸಿಕೆಗಳು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಸುರಕ್ಷಿತವಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಈ ಲಸಿಕೆಗಳನ್ನು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರು ಯಾವುದೇ ಹಿಂಜರಿಕೆ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದು. ಕೊರೊನಾ ಲಸಿಕೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ಸುಳ್ಳು ವದಂತಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಕಿವಿಗೊಡದೆ, ಕೇವಲ ಸರ್ಕಾರದ ಅಧಿಕೃತ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಮಾತ್ರ ಪರಿಗಣಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಮತ್ತೊಮ್ಮೆ ಮನವಿ ಮಾಡುತ್ತೇನೆ. (2/2)— Dr Sudhakar K (@mla_sudhakar) January 30, 2021