One New Jersey man has been hospitalized with the CCP Virus (COVID-19) five weeks after he was immunized.
Francisco Cosme, 52, was relieved when he could schedule a one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine appointment at the Javits Center on March 6.
Cosme continued to follow Covid restrictions, such as wearing a mask and social distancing after being vaccinated. His daughter, Michelle Torres, told The NY Post that he became “very confused and began doing things that were not normal.”
“April 1 was the very first day he started to have symptoms,” Torres said. “He had a cough, fever, chills, everything.”
The daughter then drove her father to a clinic, where he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and put on a 10-day quarantine.
Last week as his condition deteriorated, Torres discovered her father was having difficulty breathing and called 911 during a visit in Edison, New Jersey. Cosme was rushed to John F. Kennedy Medical Center after receiving oxygen and being treated for pneumonia.
Torres told The Washington Post that her mother, husband, and children tested positive for COVID and are being held in quarantine until next Sunday.
“We survived the whole year without it [vaccine] doing all the things we are supposed to so do — social distancing, washing hands and masking up,” she explained. “It’s crazy and we need answers.”
On March 10, a woman from Brooklyn contracted COVID-19 after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Javits Center.
From Brooklyn, Ashley Allen, 31, spoke to The New York Post by phone while quarantined in her Williamsburg apartment. She told her story of getting COVID 3 weeks after receiving the J&J vaccine three weeks earlier.
Allen was relieved when she could schedule a one-dose J&J vaccine appointment at the Javits Center on March 10, 2021. Her appointment was at 2 a.m. And though vaccinations were still unavailable to most New Yorkers, she was able to get a coveted early position as a wine and spirits distributor.
Although she had a brief fever the next day, the jab’s side effects were short-lived. After being vaccinated, Allen still wore a mask while she went outside and washed her hands regularly.
“On Wednesday, March 31, I started feeling like a scratch, a tickle in my throat of some sort. It was super dry,” she recalled. “Then I kept having this dry cough. It kinda felt like I had allergies.”
Debilitating exhaustion set in while her cough continued. According to experts, her case is rare but not unknown.
Several reports of post-vaccine horror stories have surfaced in local news outlets around the country. Still, it’s unknown how many people have contracted COVID since getting the shots, which is defined as “vaccine breakthrough.”
“While there are anecdotal reports of New Yorkers who have had a positive COVID test 14 or more days after receiving their last vaccine dose, DOH is investigating these cases further to determine if they meet the formal CDC definition of ‘vaccine breakthrough,'” Jill Montag, a state Department of Health (DOH) spokeswoman, told The Post.
“It was not common in the clinical trials for patients to be symptomatic after getting vaccinated.” Bungay added.