Imuseño doctor catches COVID-19 four times, urges vaccination

The doctor contracted COVID-19 not once or twice, but four times. She suffered no symptoms in her last infection after getting her first dose of vaccine.

Vaccines against COVID-19 work.

This is what a doctor from Imus, Cavite, who has tested positive for COVID-19 four times, wants everyone to believe after being asymptomatic in her last infection — thanks to the vaccine.

In a now-viral Facebook post, medical frontliner Dr. Jennifer Gaspar said she first got infected with the virus in April 2020 where she “had diarrhea and occasional dyspnea and was admitted in the hospital for almost two weeks.”

I’M POSITIVE… Not once, not twice, and definitely not thrice. Yes, I was positive for Covid–19 for the fourth…

Posted by Jennifer Gaspar on Tuesday, September 14, 2021

She contracted the virus again in January this year and was hospitalized anew for five days before completing her home quarantine.

“This time, I had non-productive cough and dyspnea… But as the days went by, I experienced difficulty of breathing and easy fatigability which spontaneously resolved after a month or two,” she wrote.

In May, Gaspar once again tested positive, with severe symptoms that developed to pneumonia and hypoxemia or lack of oxygen in the blood.

She received her first dose of vaccine against COVID-19 a month after, but few weeks before her second dose, her swab test turned out to be positive for the fourth time. 

Fortunately, she was asymptomatic and did not need hospitalization. 

“Hindi ako nahirapang huminga. Walang ubo o sipon. Personally, as a doctor din, naniniwala ako na mayroon pa ring naitulong kahit ‘yong first dose lang ng vaccine sa akin,” she said in a television interview.

After her recovery, Gaspar is now fully vaccinated and has returned to duty. 

“Guys, vaccines work, no matter what the brand is. Please get vaccinated,” wrote the doctor. 

At least 609,470 Cavite residents had been fully vaccinated, while 1,213,429 had their first dose as of September 21. 

Thumbnail photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

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