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Ottawa nurse tests positive for coronavirus after receiving COVID-19 vaccine


An Ottawa nurse says he was “speechless” when he found out he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, because just a few days earlier he had received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“When my manager told me that I tested positive, I couldn’t speak for a while,” Santosh Baral tells Global News.

Baral was among Ottawa’s front-line health-care workers to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in the first week of the local distribution campaign in mid-December.

He says he received his first dose on Dec. 18, 2020 and his second dose on Jan. 8.

A few days after he received the second injection, Baral says he tested negative for the coronavirus as part of a routine test on Jan. 13.

But a week later, on Jan. 20, the test came back positive.