4 vaccinated docs test C+

Immunity develops only later: Sudhakar

Despite drastic reduction in Covid cases, seven doctors working in Chamarajanagar district hospitals have now tested positive for Covid, four of who were among the first in the district to get Covid vaccines. The health minister Dr K Sudhakar was quick to reiterate that immunity is developed only weeks after getting the booster dose of the jab.

This is the reason why experts have been saying that even those who are vaccinated should follow all Covid precautions and guidelines.

Dr Mahesh, an anesthesiologist at Chamarajanagar district hospital and also a Covid nodal officer, Dr Harsha (assistant professor), Dr Damayanti, Dr Girish Patil, Dr Shashank, Dr Naveen Chandra and Dr Chetan have tested positive in the last one week. While one of the doctors has been admitted to a hospital (as he has a child at home), the other six are now under home isolation and do not have any major symptoms. The four doctors were administered the first dose of the Covid vaccine. Dr Mahesh said he is yet to get the booster dose, which will be after 28 days.

There have been a number of such examples from other countries too. A doctor from the US had tested positive for Covid nine days after taking the vaccine. With news about Covid after vaccination spreading fast, Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar took to Twitter to allay fears.


About immunity

He said that the booster dose will be given to the vaccine recipient after 28 days. Immunity is developed 14 days after the booster dose is given which means that the recipient has to wait for 45 days after his/her first dose. The recipient of the vaccine can contract the virus in between and test positive. “Both Covishield and Covaxin vaccines are completely safe and it can be taken without hesitancy. No one should listen to rumours about the vaccines and follow official reactions,” he added.

464 new cases

Karnataka reported 464 fresh covid-19 cases and two related fatalities, taking the total infection count to 9,38,865 and the toll to 12,213, the Health department said on Saturday.
The day also saw 547 patients getting discharged after recovery. Bengaluru Urban, with 233 cases, accounted for the most number of infections reported on Saturday. Both fatalities reported today were from Bengaluru Urban.

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