Vaccinated nurse at Brisbane hospital tests positive to Covid

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A nurse at a Brisbane hospital tested positive for Covid-19 less than a week after receiving her first vaccination because it takes at least seven days to build immunity.

The health worker from Princess Alexandra Hospital was one of two new local cases in Queensland on Wednesday, while the other is one of her close contacts. 

Chief health officer Jeanette Young said the nurse received her first dose on March 19 and the vaccine did not have time to kick in before she was exposed to the virus.

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Genome testing revealed she has the same Covid strain as another nurse from the same hospital who tested positive earlier this week. 

Authorities are trying to determine whether the women caught the virus while working in the same ward.

'She was tested as part of the asymptomatic screening testing process for that ward and was found to be positive,' Ms Young said.

'She has since developed some symptoms, but she was part of that testing.'   

Premier Anastasia Palasczcuk said there was one new case in hotel quarantine recorded overnight, bringing the total number of new cases up to three.

In the past 24 hours, 33,408 tests were conducted across the state. 


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Vaccinated nurse at Brisbane hospital tests positive to Covid