Brooklyn woman says she contracted COVID-19 after vaccine, encourages New Yorkers to still get vaccinated

Doctors say she was the first person they encountered who tested positive after getting the vaccine.

News 12 Staff

Apr 13, 2021, 10:02 PM

Updated 1,103 days ago

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Three weeks after a Brooklyn woman got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, she says she contracted the coronavirus. 
Ashley Allen says she got her vaccine at the Javits Center in March and that three weeks later, test results showed that she was positive for the virus. 
She says at the end of March she developed a dry cough, extreme fatigue and a raspy throat. She says she originally thought she contracted Lyme disease.
She says she never fathomed that her symptoms were actually from the coronavirus. 
Doctors say she was the first person they encountered who tested positive after getting the vaccine. 
Between Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson -- none of the vaccines on the market promise 100% protection from getting the virus. 
Medical experts say they are most effective in preventing death. Still, Allen says this has not changed her view on the vaccine’s efficiency and thinks it’s important for people to get vaccinated. 
Allen says she managed to get through the whole year without getting the virus and continued to wear her mask and washing her hands--even after getting the vaccine. 
She says people who get immunized should continue to follow the same precautions until we are all “out of the woods.”


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