A relatively small number of people have tested positive for coronavirus after completing their vaccines, but one woman’s case is even rarer – because she had already had Covid-19 once.
Kim Akers, 50, of Palmer, Alaska, first contracted Covid-19 in December and experienced symptoms including an intense headache and body aches. She recovered and in early March got the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Akers, who has an underlying health condition, said she got the jab even though she overcame the virus because she wanted to be extra safe.
But later in March, two weeks after the vaccine when she was considered fully protected, Akers said she felt chest congestion, nausea and fatigue on a cabin trip with family and friends.
‘I still didn’t believe anything was wrong’, Akers told the Anchorage Daily News on Monday. ‘I told my family I want to go home. “Not to worry – it’s not COVID.” I said that’.
Akers drove home with her sons and developed a massive headache. She got a Covid-19 test as a precaution – only to find out she tested positive for the second time.
‘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’.
Akers had a headache for three days and is recovering, although she has still not regained her senses of smell and taste.
Alaska Department of Health spokesman Clinton Bennett told the newspaper that only about a dozen people were ‘breakthrough’ patients who tested positive twice, like Akers. As of last week, 177 people in the state have tested positive after being fully vaccinated.