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Max Lucado tests positive for COVID-19 despite being vaccinated

Author and Pastor Max Lucado has COVID-19 despite being vaccinated against the virus.

In a recent tweet, Lucado showed a photo of a COVID test listing him as positive for the virus, noting that it stopped him from preaching the following day at Oak Hills Church in San Antonio. “Turns out it’s me in a downstairs room with aches, stuffy head and quarantine,” he tweeted, adding that the virus also prevented him from going on a golf trip to Ireland this week.

In a follow-up tweet, Lucado added that there is reason for thanks, citing good medical care, his wife and being at home instead of a hotel. “Though miserable, the misery would have been worse with no vaccination,” he said “So doing my best to count blessings.”

Recently, there has been some question regarding the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, with research from Israel indicating that their effectiveness is in decline.

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“Israel’s health ministry released preliminary data suggesting that, while the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine remains very effective at preventing severe COVID-19, it may be losing effectiveness against milder cases of the disease,” the Advisory Board, a health-care resource group, reported. “Specifically, researchers have estimated the vaccine was just 39 percent effective at preventing infection in Israel in late June and early July, compared to 95 percent from January to early April. However, the vaccine was more than 90 percent effective at preventing severe COVID-19 in both time periods.”

According to the Advisory Board, various factors could be responsible for this trend, including COVID-19 variants, waning immunity by those vaccinated early on or even a mathematical fluke.

Last week, NBC News reported that although some fully vaccinated Americans have contracted COVID-19 and even died as a result, this number represents a small percentage of all vaccinated individuals. Additionally, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that there were more than 5,900 cases of fully vaccinated people being hospitalized or dying from COVID-19 breakthrough infections as of July 19.

–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice