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Texoma woman tests positive for COVID-19 over a week after getting first vaccine shot

Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 9:34 PM CST
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BONHAM, Texas (KXII) - A Texoma woman tested positive for COVID-19 Sunday just over a week after getting her first shot of the Moderna vaccine.

She said in the meantime, she still wore a mask in public and took precautions.

Kendall Wilson, 31, works in health care and said she was hesitant at first, but decided to get the vaccine since she’s a frontline worker and has a daughter.

She said after getting the shot, she didn’t let her guard down, but this weekend, she started getting symptoms.

“I actually thought I’m good, I’m not going to get it. It’s not going to happen to me. And then, I was like I spoke too soon,” Wilson said.

She’s an office manager for a home health care service in Bonham.

She got the Moderna vaccine at a McKinney Hospital on Christmas Eve, and said her arm was sore for five days.

“And then the soreness kind of radiated up to my shoulder. But I couldn’t sleep on that side or anything, I could barely lift anything,” Wilson said.

She went to a Christmas gathering of eight people, but other than that, said life went on as normal.

That’s until this past Saturday, when she woke up feeling congested with body aches.

And Sunday, it got worse with wheezing and rattling in her lungs.

“And that’s when I felt horrible. So I went to go get tested at HealthCare Express in Paris, and that’s when I tested positive,” Wilson said.

She took a rapid test, so she got her results the same day.

She said she wasn’t aware of how long it could take to build immunity.

“I wish they would have had more education on immunity resistance and how long it takes, and just stuff like that,” Wilson said.

But Trusted ER President Dr. Harvey Castro says even with both shots of the vaccine, you may not be 100 percent immune, your body will just be able to fight the disease faster.

“Yes, you’re immune in the sense that your body is creating antibodies against it, but does that mean you’re not going to get sick? You may get sick. But like I said, the symptoms may be less, they may not be as severe,” Castro said.

Wilson’s still scheduled for her second shot later this month.

“I know it can happen to anybody. Read up, ask for education before the shot. Make sure to ask questions and don’t be hesitant, don’t be afraid to ask,” Wilson said.

Dr. Castro says even if you’ve tested positive, he still recommends the vaccine, especially those at high-risk, in health care and 65 and older.

The CDC said it takes a few weeks for your body to build immunity to COVID-19.

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