Can You Still Get Covid After Vaccination?
By Nicole Johnson
Special to www.JenniferMargulis.net
Can you get Covid after vaccination? No. Well. Yes. You can’t. Except when you can.
Mainstream media headlines call cases of Covid after vaccination “breakthrough cases.” I call them cases of Covid. Or Covid vaccine failure. Take your pick.
Public health talking out of both sides of its mouth
Consider this: We must all rush out and get vaccinated so that we will not get the virus. Except that you can still get Covid after vaccination. But we aren’t exactly sure who can get it or why they get it or even how they get it.
And you need the vaccine to protect others. But once you are fully vaccinated, it’s still possible to get the virus. And still possible to transmit the virus to others.
This all makes a lot of sense, doesn’t it?
Because if you do get the vaccine, you’ll get a milder case. And we know this because the fully vaccinated people who got Covid after vaccination and were hospitalized for it were less sick than they would’ve been if they hadn’t gotten the vaccine.
Are you following me?
Here are some headlines to help me explain.
Milder in Minnesota (not)
In Minnesota, 89 fully vaccinated people who received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine have contracted Covid-19.
According to a Minneapolis news station, the state infectious disease director says that fully vaccinated people still contracting infections was “totally expected.”
No surprises here. Because we vaccinate to avoid getting a disease. So we should totally expect to get that disease, like Covid, after vaccination.
The article goes on to say that “Doctors say even those who required hospitalization after being vaccinated had milder symptoms.”
Symptoms so severe they had to be hospitalized. But way milder than if they had gotten Covid-19 without having first had the vaccine.
Um. Okay. Roger that.
In another cringe-worthy, I mean brilliant, piece of so-called reporting, Forbes cheerily reported that in March, three people in Hawaii who had received both doses of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine tested positive for the virus.
A fourth person, who had received the first dose, tested positive for a more contagious variant of the virus (B.1.1.7). So Forbes reported that even though the vaccines are effective, “you still have a chance of getting Covid-19 after being fully vaccinated. And there is still a chance that this Covid-19 can be severe. It’s just that your chances after vaccination may be significantly lower.”
“May be.” Hmm. Covid after vaccination so severe it sends people to the hospital. Sounds like covid after vaccination symptoms will be significantly less severe! Except they won’t.
As delicious as avocado toast? (nope)
The Forbes article goes on to downplay the cases of Covid after vaccination. Nothing is perfect, argues senior contributor Bruce Lee. Except avocado toast. But the vaccine shouldn’t send you straight to the panic button. You should get it anyway! Because … wait for it … you wouldn’t stop wearing pants just because someone else’s pants fell down.
Therefore, a few such cases of Covid after vaccination shouldn’t dissuade you from getting vaccinated. Would you avoid wearing pants simply because someone somewhere once had their pants accidentally fall down? Would you ever go without pants just because you are afraid that your pants may fall down, leaving you without pants? No. That would make absolutely no sense. Wearing pants typically offers more protection than not wearing anything at all. Similarly, getting the vaccine will protect you against Covid-19 and its potential consequences better than not getting the vaccine.”
In Florida a health worker gets Covid after vaccination, 3 months after
Meanwhile, in Florida, Bay News 9 reported that 27-year-old home health worker Hanna Rewerts received her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on January 12. She then tested positive on March 18.
Thinking it was a false positive, because after all, she was fully vaccinated, Hanna Rewerts took a rapid test. Also positive.
In addition, Hanna’s mother and two other family members, all fully vaccinated, also tested positive for Covid and had symptoms.
Dr. Michael Teng, an associate professor of medicine at University of South Florida’s College of Medicine pointed out that the vaccine trials based efficacy rates on symptomatic cases but did not look at asymptomatic cases like Rewert’s.
I’m sorry, what?
Did this doctor just acknowledge that there were holes in the trials? That they ignored asymptomatic cases?
Florida newspaper nails it with best analogy yet
Presumably due to several “breakthrough” fully-vaccinated Covid-19 outbreaks in Florida, the Miami Herald decided to tackle the issue head on, stating “No vaccine is perfect, including those for Covid-19.
It’s like treating a field full of hungry bugs with pesticides—while some critters succumb to the poisonous fume, others will emerge untouched from the defense designed to attack it.”
I can’t think of a better analogy than that: Some will survive the poison, some will not.
The article goes on to tell the story of an Illinois woman who had her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine in mid-January. She then tested positive for Covid-19 in March.
“It hit me hard … I was in bed, very ill,” she admitted.
Of course, she goes on to say it would have been SO much worse if she hadn’t had the vaccine.
Where have we heard that before?
But then the article takes a dark turn. It warns that behavior patterns could be causing these breakthrough cases:
“Vaccinated individuals who spent time with unvaccinated people face higher risks of infection.” And the writers at the Miami Herald, geniuses that they are, were unable to resist another lame analogy: “It’s like tanning; the more time you spent under the sun, the greater your chances of getting sunburned.”
Canada’s little problem with Covid after vaccination
Across the border, in British Columbia, two nursing home staff members and 10 residents of a long-term care facility tested positive for Covid after vaccination in February.
A CBC article quotes Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry. “You can have transmission even when people are fully vaccinated,” Dr. Henry explains.
So there’s your answer: Yes, you can get Covid after vaccination. And your infection might be so severe it sends you to the hospital. So should you get the Covid-19 vaccine? Not during pregnancy. And, since you may well get Covid after vaccination, and no one knows why, it’s also a reasonable choice not to get the vaccine.
Published: April 4, 2021
Last update: May 2, 2021
About the Author: Nicole Johnson is a graduate of the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism. She earned her law degree from Samford University and worked as an attorney for ten years. A mother of two, she enjoys writing, trail running, and farm photography. You can read her article on getting better sleep here, and her article on preserving Covid vaccine choice here.