Brooklyn woman receives COVID 3 weeks after Johnson & Johnson vaccine

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She was unlucky.

A Brooklyn woman who managed to avoid catching COVID-19 throughout 2020 caught the virus this month – three weeks after being vaccinated.

Ashley Allen, 31, spoke to The Post by phone while in quarantine at her Williamsburg apartment and between calls from city contact tracers.

Contact tracers “started asking me questions about what I was doing three weeks ago,” Allen said. “And I said I was getting the vaccine.”

Allen was elated when she was able to make an appointment for the Johnson & Johnson single dose vaccine at the Javits Center on March 10.

The sprawling convention space had just received new vaccine shipments and was stinging New Yorkers around the clock – Allen’s meeting was at 2 a.m. Yorkers. Although she had a brief fever the next day, her side effects from the jab quickly resolved.

The vaccine is given to people at Riggleman Hall.
Even after Allen’s vaccination, she was careful to always mask herself outside and wash her hands frequently.
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Even after Allen’s vaccination, she was careful to always mask herself outside and wash her hands frequently.

“On Wednesday March 31, I started to feel like a scratch, a kind of tickle in my throat. It was super dry, ”she recalls. “Then I continued to have this dry cough. It was like I had allergies.

As her cough persisted, debilitating fatigue set in.

The Janssen COVID-19 one-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is administered on March 23, 2021.
The Janssen COVID-19 one-dose vaccine from Johnson & Johnson is administered on March 23, 2021.
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“It started to get really bad, to the point that I went to City MD,” she said. “I thought I had Lyme disease. I spend a lot of time in the upstate. “

But a rapid coronavirus test on April 4, plus a second rapid test on April 5, showed COVID. A more precise PCR test confirmed this.

City MD staff member “asked when did you get your vaccine? And I said March 10, and she was just like just shocked, ”Allen said.

Allen’s case is rare, experts say, but not unknown.

“The vaccine does not necessarily prevent you from contracting COVID. It keeps you from being hospitalized or dying from it, ”Dr. Kris Bungay, a Manhattan primary care physician, told The Post. “That’s why we all have to be careful.”

“It was not common in clinical trials for patients to be symptomatic after being vaccinated.” Bungay added.

Moderna and Pfizer’s two-dose vaccines are 94% and 95% effective at preventing new coronavirus infections, respectively, according to the Centers for Disease Control. And although it is more convenient, Johnson & Johnson’s single injection vaccine only offers 66% protection.

Sporadic cases of post-vaccine horror stories have surfaced on local news across the country, but it is still unclear how many people have contracted COVID after receiving the vaccines, known as the ‘vaccine breakthrough. “.

“While there are anecdotal reports of New Yorkers who tested positive for COVID 14 days or more after receiving their last dose of vaccine, the DOH is studying these cases in more detail to determine if they meet the definition. CDC’s formal vaccine breakthrough, ”Jill Montag, a spokesperson for the State Department of Health told the Post.

As Allen recovers, she is unable to locate where she has been exposed. “Not a single clue,” she said. “If I had to make a wild guess, and still not sure, I would think of Target. At Atlantic Terminal, in the elevator.

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