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How long do COVID vaccines take to start working?

James Ross/AAP

How long do COVID vaccines take to start working?

James Ross/AAP

How long do COVID vaccines take to start working?

James Ross/AAP

How long do COVID vaccines take to start working?

James Ross/AAP

The resident had received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and reportedly has only mild symptoms, but is being monitored in hospital. The original worker’s son has also tested positive.

Kylie Quinn, RMIT University and Jennifer Juno, The Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity

Amid Victoria’s worrying COVID outbreak, perhaps the point of greatest concern is the fact the virus has again found its way into aged care.

On Sunday, the state government announced an aged-care worker had tested positive for COVID-19, despite having received their first vaccine dose on May 12.

We’ve since found out another staff member, who worked alongside the original staff member at Arcare Maidstone, has returned a positive result, along with a resident.

The resident had received a first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and reportedly has only mild symptoms, but is being monitored in hospital. The original worker’s son has also tested positive.

The cases in the first staff member and the resident, both of whom had received a first vaccine dose, highlight the fact you need both doses for maximum benefit.

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