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A nurse has tested positive for coronavirus positive a month after being vaccinated – and just days after his second dose was cancelled.
David Longden, 43, is an A&E nurse at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend, south Wales, one of the country’s most overrun emergency departments.
He is now having to self-isolate in a log cabin at home in Pontypridd so he doesn’t come into contact with his partner Andrew Price, having tested positive on January 8.
He received the Pfizer jab on Tuesday, December 8, and was meant to get his second dose on Tuesday, January 5.
But in the interim, the UK's four chief medical officers, along with experts on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), advised giving both parts of the Oxford and Pfizer vaccines 12 weeks apart.
They had initially planned to leave 21 days between the Pfizer jabs.
David said: "The Government needs to protect their frontline NHS staff – to not do so is just short-sighted.
"I've now been taken out of action for several days while the emergency department is slammed with patients. Bridgend is one of the areas of Wales with the highest rates of coronavirus.
"I'm also running the risk of exposing my partner to the virus. He's diabetic and has lots of other health issues.
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“So to be given that second dose would have given me peace of mind as well as him."
David said he started feeling unwell on January 7, booked himself a test in Merthyr Tyfdil and then was confirmed positive with the virus 24 hours later.
"I had a headache and then a horrendous head cold. The day before that I also had a bout of diarrhoea and then just felt really 'fluey' and lethargic," he said.
"I became increasingly unwell and had many of the typical Covid symptoms like loss of taste and smell, but thankfully I haven't had a temperature yet."
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The British Medical Association (BMA) in Wales wrote to Health Minister Vaughan Gething last week outlining its concerns about the current coronavirus rollout.
The letter by Dr David Bailey, chairman of the BMA Welsh Council, stated that the Pfizer vaccine trial only provided data to support the effectiveness of the two doses six weeks apart.
He also warned that frontline NHS and care staff should be given both jabs "at the earliest opportunity" as they were more likely to be exposed to the virus.
The Welsh NHS has a record number of staff absences at present which is largely driven by positive Covid cases and rates of self-isolation.
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