Alaska woman caught COVID-19, got vaccinated, then became infected again

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An Alaska woman says she tested positive for COVID-19 after she was fully vaccinated — and after she had already contracted the virus before she got the jab.

Kim Akers, of Palmer, said she was stunned to become infected with a symptomatic case of COVID-19 for a second time, just weeks after she received the Johnson & Johnson shot in early March, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

“Just because you have had Covid or been fully vaccinated does not mean you can’t TEST POSITIVE,” she wrote on Facebook.

Akers first came down with the virus in December when she began experiencing an unusually intense headache and cold symptoms, the outlet reported.

Despite her recent infection, Akers said she wanted to be as safe as possible and get the vaccine since she has an underlying health condition.

Experts say vaccines provide more protection than natural immunity — and it is also unclear how long antibodies from infection last.

Akers received the one-dose Johnson & Johnson jab on March 5, but later that month she went away for the weekend to Lake Louise with family and friends.

It was there that she bean to experience fatigue, nausea and chest congestion.

“I still didn’t believe anything was wrong,” Akers told the newspaper. “I told my family I want to go home. ‘Not to worry — it’s not COVID.’ I said that.”

But when she returned home, other symptoms set in.

“I didn’t believe at that moment that it was it until I got home and thought about my symptoms and realized this headache is what I remember,” she said. “Then I lost my taste and my smell.”

Her results came back on March 29 that she tested positive for the virus, Akers said.

She said she’s now mostly recovered after three grueling days with a constant headache.

Now, Akers said, she’s sharing her story to warn others that they’re still at risk even if they’ve been vaccinated and contracted the virus.

“It would be great if it completely protected you,” she said, adding that the vaccination is intended “to keep you out of the hospital and prevent death and hopefully lessen your symptoms.”

Experts have warned that so-called “breakthrough” cases are possible but rare since all three vaccines on the market are highly effective. However, they don’t guarantee 100 percent protection.

The Post reported that a New Jersey man was hospitalized with the virus and a Brooklyn woman tested positive after each received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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