US-Based Kenyan Nurse Contracts Covid-19 Days After Vaccine Jab

  • US-based Kenyan nurse George Otieno
    US-based Kenyan nurse George Otieno
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  • A US-based Kenyan nurse has disclosed that he contracted Covid-19 days after getting the Pfizer BioNTech Vaccine jab. 

    George Otieno, who works at the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital in Michigan State, revealed that he contracted the virus during his volunteer missions in other states.

    "I got Coronavirus 16 days after my first covid-19 vaccination while helping fight Coronavirus in the Southern Border of California as a Travel Nurse. Am still going to get my second shot in two days," he stated.

    US based Kenyan nurse George Otieno
    US based Kenyan nurse George Otieno
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    His plight forced him to go into isolation for ten days after which he will undergo a second testThe nurse advised people to take the virus with great caution and follow the regulations provided by the World Health Organisation. 

    Otieno is also famous for entertaining his Covid-19 patients through the art of storytelling. Armed with traditional attire, music and a drum, Otieno delves deep into the African culture narrating Kenyan fables to his patients.  Having witnessed the pain his patients went through, he decided to help them recuperate through his art.

    “It is such a therapeutic moment to see patients deflected by my stories or riddles as they mitigate the big pandemic,” Otieno stated.

    The charismatic nurse attributed his art of storytelling to his family, especially his children.

    “I was telling my stories every day to my children at home and especially after work and it has been such a fan so we figured out, why don’t we share this beautiful experience with people out there?” he detailed.

    The Covid-19 pandemic has caused a paradigm shift in the world affecting the normal day-to-day lives. This has seen people adapt to a lifestyle by adhering to Covid-19 protocols in what was referred to as the new normal.

    As a result, various vaccines have been fronted by international companies in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. Astrazeneca, Pfizer BioNTech and Moderna are among the vaccines which have been rolled in various countries for use.

     In Kenya, the government unveiled that the vaccination program would be in 3 phases. Health CS Mutahi Kagwe noted that health workers and workers undertaking essential services would be given priority in the rollout of the vaccine which is expected to commence at the end of February 2021.

    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on November 26, 2020
    Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe addressing the media on November 26, 2020
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