Fully vaccinated Kerala doctor tests COVID positive fourth time, twice after inoculation

Fully vaccinated Kerala doctor tests COVID positive fourth time, twice after inoculation

This is the only known case of an individual getting infected by COVID-19 four times.

In an extremely rare incident, a doctor from Kerala has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 for the fourth time.

The doctor, identified as Abdul Gafoor, working at the Government Medical College Hospital in Manjeri tested positive for COVID-19 the fourth time, earlier this month.

According to local media, the 34-year-old Junior Resident Doctor had tested positive for COVID-19 for the first time in May 2020.

He was reinfected for the first time in December.

Even after taking both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine, Dr. Gafoor tested positive for the infection again in April.

He tested positive for COVID-19 again earlier this month.

It is still unclear how Dr. Gafoor is getting reinfected despite having both naturally acquired and antibodies from vaccination on his body.

This is the only known case of an individual getting infected by COVID-19 four times.

There have been at least two previous cases in India, where fully vaccinated doctors have been infected by COVID-19 three times.

One of them, a doctor, whose identity has not been revealed, had tested positive for the first time in August and had her first vaccine, followed by the second dose in March.

In April she tested positive for COVID-19 again, followed by another in May, just 22 days apart.

“The second and third infections occurred after she took both her shots and had developed antibodies,” Dr Jayanthi Shastri, head of the Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory in Mumbai’s Kasturba Hospital had said.

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In the other only known case, which was believed to be the first, Dr Shrushti D Halari, was first infected on June 17, 2020, while on Covid-19 duty at BMC's Veer Savarkar Hospital in Mulund, and twice again in May and July, after getting fully vaccinated.

Dr Shrushti completed her 3-month assignment and was at home preparing for her MD and later higher medical studies in the US. The entire family also took the two doses of Covishield vaccines in early-March and late-April.

However, the family was perturbed when Dr Shrushti was infected for the second time - on May 29 - despite having been fully vaccinated, but recovered fully.

The big shock came on July 11, when the entire Halari family was infected and hospitalized, put on Remdesivir, barely 3 months after their second vaccine doses.

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