A Kenyan nurse working in the US says he was infected with COVID-19 despite having been inoculated against the virus.
George Otieno, who works at the Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital in Michigan, says he contracted the illness during his volunteer missions in other states, 16 days after he received his first Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
"I got Coronavirus 16 days after my first Covid-19 vaccination while helping fight Coronavirus in the Southern Border of California as a Travel Nurse. Am still going to get my second shot in two days," said Otieno.
He will spend 10 days in self-isolation before taking a second COVID-19 test to confirm he has recovered.
Otieno is known for entertaining his patients through the art of storytelling, where he performs his high-energy storytimes in full African costumes and attire.
“It is such a therapeutic moment to see patients deflected by my stories or riddles as they mitigate the big pandemic,” he said.
“I was telling my stories every day to my children at home and especially after work and it has been such a fan so we figured out, why don’t we share this beautiful experience with people out there?”
Otieno is a member of the Wakenya In Michigan Association (WIMA), a group of Kenyans who volunteer and do community outreach throughout the state. Born and raised in Kenya, George moved to the US in 2000.