She changed her lifestyle after catching COVID weeks after her 2nd dose

Posted at 4:16 PM, May 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-20 17:40:24-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- A Virginia woman described herself as 'one in a million' after a diagnosis she said she never considered possible. She contracted COVID-19 even though she was fully vaccinated.

Since CBS 6 first shared Meghan Rayhill's story in April, she said she's made a few adjustments to her lifestyle.

"I'm keeping my drinks to myself these days," Rayhill joked. "It made me realize how quickly anything can spread."

The last time the 23-year-old woman shared a drink, she said she contracted Coronavirus -- a virus she felt protected from.

"If you're vaccinated, you're not invincible," Rayhill said.

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Back in March, she tested positive for COVID-19, seven weeks following her second Pfizer vaccine. That diagnosis made her part of an extremely rare statistic.

"I am happy that the numbers continue to be low," Dr. Melissa Viray, with the Richmond-Henrico Health Districts, said. "I just understand that it's an underestimate because people are still reporting, and we're still investigating."

In reality, she said the number of breakthrough cases is probably higher than what's reported, but it should not cause alarm.

"We know not everybody will have 100 [protection], it's not 100% [effective]," Dr. Viray said. "We expect that some people will get the infection."

She explained the state health department wasn't releasing data specific to Virginia partly because it's changing strategy to align with the CDC. Officials will soon only monitor breakthrough cases that cause hospitalization or death.

"Those outcomes that make us the most worried from the outset about COVID -- that's what they're worried about," Viray explained. "And that's what they want us to focus on."

Rayhill's case was not severe. Despite catching COVID, she encouraged friends and family to get vaccinated, but to be careful.

"I'm still going to wear my mask, wash my hands, be cautious, but also still live my life," said Rayhill. "I'm not afraid anymore of catching COVID. I mean, if I catch it again, I really need to buy a lottery ticket."