California Nurse Succumbs to COVID-19 Despite Vaccination from Pfizer: Expected Scenario

California Nurse Succumbs to COVID-19 Despite Vaccination from Pfizer Expected Scenario

Could it be the case that a California nurse recently tested positive for COVID-19 could have become infected even a week after receiving Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine? Apparently, the drug maker has concluded that this could be the case as the body may need more time for the vaccine to have the full effect on the human’s ability to resist and fight SARS-CoV-2. Pfizer recently declared they “will review all available information on this case and all reports of any confirmed diagnosis following vaccination,” in a statement recently to Reuters.

The Nurse

A 45-year old nurse named Matthew W. reported on a Facebook post on Dec. 18 that he had actually received the vaccine jab and then told an ABC News affiliate that although his arm was sore, he experienced no real side effects.

However, just 6 days later on Christmas Eve, he became ill after working a shift in the COVID-19 unit, succumbing to chills, muscle aches and flu like symptoms. After visiting a drive-up testing facility at a hospital, he wound up positive for COVID-19.

Two-dose Regimen Needed

Apparently, the vaccine does afford protection in the first week to 10 days with the first dose and the company recently claimed much more after the second dose. This is clear evidence for the need for the two-dose regimen.


Because the body hasn’t built a full immune response yet and the need for the second jab experts believe that the scenario surrounding the nurse (Matthew) could happen again. The key is for health professionals to be very careful, vaccinated or not.


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  1. Yes, the protection begins on Day 13 and ends about 90 to 120 days after the first COVID-19 vaccine shot. The 2nd shot on Day 21 (Pfizer) or Day 28 (Moderna) ensures that the protection will be fuller and last longer.

    The BioNTech/Pfizer/Fosun COVID-19 vaccine may be better than Moderna’s because it contains only 30mcg per shot compared to 100mcg per shot for the Moderna. The Pfizer might have less risk of side effects because it is more optimized. Also, the Pfizer is only $20 per shot compared to $33 per shot for the Moderna. Moderna’s research was more sloppily reported than the higher quality Pfizer research:

  2. Succumb to a disease usually implies DIED. Poor choice of phrase to describe this not unexpected occurrence. NO vaccine provides significant protection in the first 10 days. This is a non-story and should never have hit the wire services. Yellow journalism once again.