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Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis — one week after receiving his first vaccine dose — underscores the scary reality of waiting for immunity after receiving the coveted shot in the arm. 

Public officials have attempted to strike a balance between getting vaccinated to keep themselves safe and provide an example for others to follow — all while not appearing as they’re skipping ahead of high-risk Americans, such as front-line medical professionals and the elderly.

Gianforte, 59, on Monday announced he tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Republican governor was among many of the nation’s governors who were waiting their turn, per state distribution guidelines. 

Gianforte received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on April 1. 

Immunity isn’t immediate. The CDC last week reported that the vaccine Gianforte received is 80% effective at reducing the risk of infection two weeks after the first shot. 

The CDC further reported that both the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 90 percent effective in preventing COVID-10 in real-world settings following a second shot. Depending on the vaccine, the second shot is supposed to be administered three or four weeks after the initial shot.

Gianforte tweeted a video of his first …read more

Source:: Businessinsider – Politics


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