Hospitalization of 3 COVID-19 patients reveals misunderstandings about vaccine – CBC

Vaccines are not ‘bulletproof vests,’ says University of Ottawa epidemiologist Raywat Deonandan

Apr 13, 2021

An epidemiologist says it’s “a bit surprising” three people hospitalized in New Brunswick for COVID-19 had received at least one dose of vaccine, but he and other experts maintain the probability of “anything bad” happening to people once they’ve been vaccinated is “vanishingly small, but not zero.”

“That’s your take-away message — this is all about probability, not certainties,” said Raywat Deonandan, an associate professor at the University of Ottawa.

“That’s not a comforting answer, but that’s the answer.”

Last Saturday, during the COVID-19 briefing, the province’s chief medical officer of health told reporters one of the hospitalized patients had been “fully vaccinated with two doses.”

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