A well being care employee in San Diego County who was absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 has contracted the illness, the primary recognized case of its variety within the area. But public well being officers don’t desire the case to be trigger for alarm.

Dr. Eric McDonald, San Diego County’s medical director for epidemiology and immunization, mentioned the case was recognized within the final couple of days. The well being care employee, who was not recognized additional, was uncovered and confirmed signs. A take a look at then confirmed the constructive end result.

McDonald emphasised that — with vaccines which might be about 95% efficient at stopping COVID-19 an infection — there may be the chance {that a} small group of people will contract the virus after taking each doses of the vaccine.

“We do count on extra [cases],” McDonald mentioned in Wednesday’s weekly briefing on the COVID-19 illness in San Diego County. “We count on the quantity to be low and we count on many of the circumstances to be just like the one which was simply reported.”

NBC 7’s Steven Luke shares what you have to know in San Diego County on the morning of February 18, 2021.

The highest degree of safety in opposition to COVID-19 comes about two weeks after an individual receives their second dose, in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is unclear how lengthy after receiving their second dose that the well being care employee in San Diego turned contaminated.

Though some can get COVID-19 following inoculation, folks shouldn’t be deterred from getting the vaccine. The CDC provides that even when a completely vaccinated particular person contracts COVID-19, the vaccine could assist them from getting severely unwell. Evidence additionally exhibits there are much less COVID-19 hospitalizations amongst vaccinated people.

In the case of San Diego’s first vaccinated constructive, the well being care employee confirmed “minimal signs,” in response to McDonald.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is 95% efficient and the Moderna vaccine is 94.1% efficient at stopping COVID-19 sickness. But a brand new issue that’s nonetheless being studied is the introduction of mutated strains of the COVID-19 illness.

There are a minimum of three variant strains circulating within the United States and California has reported circumstances involving two of these strains. The majority of California’s mutated circumstances had been positioned in San Diego County, which may very well be because of the area’s emphasis on genome sequencing at a neighborhood degree.

With new COVID-19 variants from the U.Okay., South Africa and Brazil now spreading, medical doctors are dashing to vaccinate as many Americans as attainable earlier than extra mutations come up. Dr. Natasha Bhuyan, a regional director of One Medical, joined LX News to speak about why vaccines are so essential proper now and the way she encourages her sufferers to beat their skepticism about it.

The variants seem to unfold extra simply and rapidly than the unique COVID-19 pressure. While the CDC believes the vaccine will forestall an infection from these strains as effectively, extra analysis is required.

San Diego scientists are aiding in that analysis, particularly when circumstances come up amongst vaccinated people, like San Diego’s well being care employee.

“We’re these circumstances by analyzing them by a complete genome sequence to see what relationship that has to the vaccines,” McDonald mentioned.

The coronavirus vaccine has been proven to be secure, however a few of the short-term unintended effects can really feel fairly tough — particularly whenever you get that second dose. Iahn Gonsenhauser, chief affected person security officer on the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center, described his personal expertise with “excessive” fever and chills after his second shot so you recognize what to anticipate.

It is essential to notice, although, that the vaccine itself is not going to give somebody COVID-19. People have reported some side-effects — like fever, chills, tiredness and headache — after receiving the shot, however these signs are regular indicators that the physique is build up immunity to COVID-19, the CDC mentioned.

Even with the vaccine, there may be the chance that individuals may be “spreaders” if uncovered to the virus. Those people could not present any signs. So, the CDC says folks ought to nonetheless social distance, put on their masks, proceed hand washing and keep away from gatherings.

So far, about 5% of the San Diego inhabitants is absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19. About 17% of the inhabitants has had a minimum of their first shot. But with provide points affecting appointment availability, the method of elevating that latter statistic is slowing.