Rare Yet Disturbing Reports of Fully Vaccinated Health Care Workers in India Infected for the Third Time with COVID-19

Reports out of India share a disturbing and purportedly rare example of vaccinated health care workers getting infected not once or twice but three times! Apparently, a 28-year-old male working in a Pune-based hospital was first infected with the SARS-CoV-2 wildtype, and then re-infected with the Delta variant. Then, after full immunization, he was infected yet again. The Pune health care worker was infected for the third time a month after receiving the second dose of Covishield, the brand name for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine product developed domestically by Serum Institute of India. Apparently, at least two other doctors in India have been infected three times.

Vulnerable Health Care Workers

Indian press including Healthworld and Times of India report that healthcare workers are far more vulnerable to these rare occurrences of reinfection. This is due to the high amount of exposure associated with the profession, reports a Pune-based research team from Dr D.Y. Patil Medical College as well as CSIR-Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB) in New Delhi.

Dr. Vinod Scaria, a scientist with CSIR-IGIB, reported to the Times o...

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