Testing Positive for Covid After Both Vaccinations

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know that on August 2nd, I started showing symptoms of Covid-19 and on August 6th, I officially tested positive. I had an inbox full of questions and promised that I would answer all of them as soon as I had the energy to get out of bed. Now that I’ve finally tested negative, I’m ready to share my experience and answer all of your questions.

There were a lot of similar questions and concerns so hopefully, I got them all. Feel free to comment below if I missed yours. Please keep in mind that I am not a medical professional and I’m just sharing my personal experience. If you or someone you love suspects that they may have Covid-19, please get tested and contact a medical professional.

Did you have Covid-19 before getting vaccinated? No, I did not. 

Why did you wait so long before you were tested? It’s very hard to get a test in Florida right now. The first available was Friday and I booked that on Tuesday. 

Do you have any idea how you got it? Yes. Most people that know us, know that our family has been extremely careful since March of 2020. We don’t go out much and when we do, we always wear a mask indoors. We have only been in contact with one other family. Thinking back 2-14 days from the day I started showing symptoms, there was only one time where I forgot to wear a mask and came in contact with someone other than my family. My girls were with me, but they had masks on. We found out later on that the other family tested positive just a few days before I got sick.

Which vaccine did you get and how long ago? I had both Pfizer vaccines in April of 2021, so four months before I tested positive.

How would you compare it to the flu or another virus? I’ve heard that people who are vaccinated have compared it to “a bad cold”. But Covid-19 is unlike any cold or flu I’ve ever had. For one, I’m on day 15 and still have a pretty bad cough, headaches, and extreme fatigue in the middle of the day. The fevers during the first week were the hardest part for me. They often reached 102 pretty quickly. 

How do you think your experience would have been different if you weren’t vaccinated? My husband and I have had this conversation a number of times since I tested positive. As bad as I felt fully vaccinated, I am pretty sure I would have had to have been hospitalized had I been exposed before I was vaccinated. 

How did you first realize that was what you had? I suspected it almost immediately but it wasn’t until day 4 when I lost my taste and smell that I knew for sure. 

What advice would you give to those who are vaccinated to stay safe? Don’t let your guard down. Always wear your mask indoors, not just to protect yourself, but to protect others. If you are asymptomatic and vaccinated, you can still spread the virus.

What were the precautions you used to keep quarantined from your family? My family was actually out of town for the first 4 days I was sick. We had a trip planned and decided it would be best for me to stay home. Had we not done that, I’m afraid that my family would have also tested positive. When they got home, they wore masks whenever they were downstairs. When I left my bedroom, I would also wear a mask and disinfect the bathroom each time I used it. That’s the only other room I was in for two weeks.

Did your muscles ache all over? No. I had no muscle aches at all. It was the one symptom I never had.

What symptoms did you have? It started with a sore throat and a runny nose. I started coughing and had a fever for 3-4 days. I had chills for the first week. I lost my taste and smell on day 4. Luckily, it returned just 5 days later. I had diarrhea for the 7 days and had one day where I felt incredibly nauseous and thought I was going to pass out. I had some days where I had no appetite at all and other days where I couldn’t stop eating. The headaches started on day 8 and are still pretty bad a week later. Most recently, my ears have started to bother me. 

What were your worst symptoms? When I was a baby, I had convulsions due to high fevers so fevers have always scared me. I took Ibuprofen when I felt a fever coming on and used cold compresses on my head to help bring it down quickly. The headaches are unlike any other headache I’ve ever had and I’ve suffered from migraines for a good portion of my adult life. It feels like someone is stabbing me in the back of my head for most of the day.

What was your worst day? This is a tough one. Being locked in a room for two weeks was bad. Every single day I longed to hug my kids. I’d say all two weeks were my worst day because I spent all of my awake time worried that my family would catch it, specifically my youngest who isn’t old enough to be vaccinated. 

Did you have regressions (felt better and then bad again)? Yes. Every single day. I would have one symptom one day and then a new symptom the next. Different parts of the day mattered too. I felt pretty good in the early afternoon and then by late afternoon, my fevers would return and I would feel so tired I could barely open my eyes. The night was pretty bad as well. I almost always had a fever and the coughing wouldn’t stop.

Did you take any preventative treatment or medication? No, I didn’t. Aside from my regular daily supplements (vitamin D3 and probiotics). 

Are you experiencing fatigue? Yes. Even on day 15, I’m exhausted in the afternoon and find that I still have to take a 2-3 hour nap.

Were you prescribed any medication by your doctor? Initially, my doctor told me that I should just take Tylenol or Advil for the fever and drink plenty of fluids. But after I expressed my concerns about the possibility of pneumonia, she prescribed Azithromycin, an antibiotic that is believed to prevent pneumonia. I was also told that Mucinex would be a good option if my chest congestion got worse.

Did you take any other special supplements? Yes. I was contacted by a couple of medical professionals, including a good friend of the family, who shared a list of supplements that I should be taking. For mildly symptomatic patients at home, they recommend taking the following daily: Vitamin C 500mg, Quercetin 250-500mg, Zinc 75-100mg, Melatonin 6-12mg at night, and Vitamin D3 2000-4000 iu. I do recommend speaking to your doctor to confirm what they feel is best.

Did your doctor suggest anything aside from medication? Not my doctor, but the medical professionals I spoke to suggested that I not lay on my back. Instead, I was told to sleep either elevated or on my stomach, as to not put any pressure on my lungs. I was instructed not to eat any dairy or cold drinks. It was suggested to me by an ICU nurse to purchase a volumetric exerciser and use it on a daily basis to make sure I was exercising my lungs. Again, I recommend speaking to your doctor to confirm what they feel is best.

At any point, did a medical professional suggest that you take Ivermectin? No, this was never suggested by my doctor or any of the medical professionals I spoke with.

Are you still happy you are vaccinated? Absolutely. I am grateful that I was fully vaccinated when I started to feel sick. I knew that most breakthrough cases are kept out of the hospital and at no point during the past two weeks was I concerned that I would wind up in the hospital.

Do you feel like you are double protected now? Vaccine and now having the antibodies? Honestly, I think one of the biggest issues is people letting their guard down because of things they have read or heard from people who are not medical professionals. Not long after we were fully vaccinated, we allowed ourselves to believe that we were safe. We went on two small staycations and had moments where we didn’t feel the need to wear a mask. We didn’t know at that time that vaccinated people could still get sick. Because we didn’t do enough research. We need to remain vigilant and continue wearing masks, not gathering in large groups and listen to medical professionals. This thing isn’t over. People are getting covid-19 multiple times. I don’t believe having it gives anyone any extra protection against it. But getting the vaccine does lessen the chances of being hospitalized. In fact, in our state, the cases are on the rise and 77% of those hospitalized are not vaccinated. ICU’s are filling up quickly in multiple states. 

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Four months after getting both vaccines, I tested positive for covid. And now I'm answering all of your questions about my breakthrough case.
Four months after getting both vaccines, I tested positive for covid. And now I'm answering all of your questions about my breakthrough case.

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  1. Being locked up in the room for two weeks is the worst. It almost made me crazy but thanks for the support of friends and family.

  2. I will be honest I get nervous thinking of people who are vaccinated still getting covid. Thanks for your honest break down of your experience.

  3. Oh wow, I didn’t actually realize you could still get Covid after getting both the vaccines. Thank you so much for sharing your experience and I hope this is the last of COVID for you.

  4. It’s not unheard of, specfically with the delta varient. I have had mumps before despite having the vaccination against it as a child. It just depends on you and your immunity. It doesn’t necessarily mean the vaccination hasn’t worked. You can still get it, but it takes out the extremes.

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      Yes, I totally understand how they work. Just sharing my experience to answer questions I’ve received.

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      It took a while for me to find an appointment to retest. I took the 2nd test 15 days after my first symptom.

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  5. I’m sorry to hear this, but I hope you get better. Also thank you for sharing your experience in detail. This will help a lot of people.

  6. Sorry to hear you went through this! We have been so careful as well, and it is scary how easy it can be transmitted. We have been taking a lot of covid tests out of precaution.

  7. So sorry to hear this though, but thank you for sharing your experience, it was enlightening. Hope you are better now!

  8. I’m sorry you got it. My sister just got over it and her symptoms were close to yours, with the exception of muscle aches. She got those.

  9. That is scary. It is unfortunate that vaccinations are keeping people from getting it. Glad you all are feeling better

  10. Awww, glad you’re better now and got over it. Thank you for sharing a lot to us . Take the best of care, hugs!

  11. I’m sorry about this experience. Vaccines have different effects on the body. I wish you speedy recovery.

  12. I’m shocked that you are feeling so many symptoms even being vaccinated. Thank God you got the vaccination as it sounds like it would be so much worse!

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  13. So was the other family not wearing masks? I am so sorry to hear you have dealt with this big nasty thing. I am hoping you are on the mend real soon. Thanks for the candid look at it too. I’m glad you had the vaccine with this tough of a case.

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  14. I’m glad that you are doing better now and that must’ve been a scary experience. Thanks for sharing this informative post.

  15. Thanks so much for this comprehensive post! Glad you are feeling better and that you are more knowledgeable about this now so you can share like you’re doing. I also appreciate that your tone while writing wasn’t fear-based.

  16. What a scary experience. Thank you for sharing this information with us…you answered every question I had too. I wish you a full recovery soon!

  17. Your post is so helpful. I tested positive last May but I got the vaccines last July. Even so, I am still careful when I’m outside.

  18. COVID sucks. The whole process. There is still so much unknown about this incredible virus and even though the vaccine has been effective in suppressing the symptoms for most, there is still incredible risk in contracting the virus…even with the vaccinations. I reckon it may be 2-3 years before we find true immunity from the virus through the vaccine. I, myself, have both Pfizer shots and I live in a high-risk area for COVID. Hopefully, I won’t come down with the virus. The stories I’ve heard from those who’ve had to go into isolation after taking the shots is heartbreaking.

  19. I am glad you seem to be over the worst of it. I know that a lot of people thought things were over but you are an example of staying alert. We never stopped wearing our masks even after vaccination. I am probably getting a booster shot soon (post kidney transplant).

    Keep getting better!

  20. I’m glad your family did not get it and that you didn’t have to be hospitalized. I hope you are feeling healthy soon! We are back to wearing masks inside public spaces again and will get the booster when we can.

  21. Thank you for sharing your experience!! Up here in NY it’s like pandemic never happened, but with the huge outbreak in Florida I know it’s only a matter of time before we’re right back in it as well. I’m relieved to be vaccinated, but still worry, for my kids especially. Severe case in both groups would be rare but as a mother, you get it, there’s always the fear of your child being that one in a million case.

  22. Bottomline is, we should always take all the necessary precautions to prevent the infection. It should start with us.

  23. That was really a pretty bad experience. What I learn from this topic is ” NEVER EVER LET YOUR GUARD DOWN “. You really don’t know who is the carrier of the virus, so we should be careful always.

  24. It’s such a shame after being so careful that you managed to catch it, even after having the vaccine. I’ve had both vaccines but I’m still trying to be super careful x

  25. Glad you have tested negative again. So glad you were fully vaccinated so it wasn’t any worse than what it was. Scary what this thing can do and how easily it can spread, even if you are vaccinated. You can never let your guard down. Hope you and your family stay healthy!

  26. Great to see you have tested negative and can now hug your family again. Wishing you full recovery.

  27. It sounds so hard to have this virus. Feeling those fatigue and headache for 15 days?? Ugh….. I hope this ends sooner.

    1. Sorry to hear that you have contracted the virus.. Hope you are feeling better now. I am not yet done with my vaccine. I had my first dose few weeks ago. One of the misconceptions about the vaccine is that it gives you protection but it is actually not created to prevent you from getting the virus but it helps lessen the risk of it. Thank you for sharing us your experience. I also encouraged my family to be fully vaccinated

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  28. Thank you so much for sharing all this information about your experience. It brought some clarity to some confusion I was having.

  29. Thank you for sharing your experience. This will make others more aware and more vigilant. I am glad you are feeling better now.

  30. Thank you for such an honest post about your experiences! I have only known a few people personally who have had COVID and none of them were hospitalized. A few of the teachers I work with were saying that it’s been suggested that the vaccine is only good for about 4-6 months which means most will need a booster soon, so I wonder if that played a part in you getting it??

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      They released a statement that we would need a booster in 8 months. Which is absolutely fine with me. Anything to keep me, my family, and our loved ones safe.

  31. So glad you are feeling better and thank you for sharing your experience. I think it’s important that you shared you still got it after receiving the vaccine because many people don’t realize you still can. The vaccine isn’t a cure but a way to lessen the likelihood of death or hospitalization if you do get Covid.

    Hope you and your family continue to stay safe!

  32. Thank you for being so honest and open. I also think vaccinations are important even if you do wind up with Covid. We have been wearing masks when we go out because we’re in Texas, and people are gross here.

  33. Thanks for sharing your experience! Hope you will be on the mend soon! Might I suggest looking at the Covid “long haul” syndrome treatments from FLCCC if you are experiencing symptoms for an extended time?

    This is definitely not the first time I’ve heard of someone becoming very ill even after getting the injection. I have friends and family members who opted to get the injection and still got Covid. Two of them ended up in the hospital. After doing a lot of research, I feel very confident about my family’s decision not to get the jab for many different reasons. It’s a personal medical decision that each individual should make in consultation with his or her health care provider.