NFL Network host Rich Eisen said on Thursday that he was in his fourth day of quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated.
“Double-vaxxed. COVID+ It’s possible, folks,” Eisen said in an Instagram post. “As someone sitting Day 4 in quarantine fighting off symptoms, I can personally attest you still need to be careful and, most importantly, get vaccinated.”
Eisen, who anchors the network's special coverage of events such as the NFL draft and Super Bowl, said that health care professionals told him that he would be in a much more serious health condition had he not received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Every health care professional I’ve come across in the last few days tell me the two shots of Pfizer I got in February are what’s keeping a 52-year-old like me from a far worse experience than the awful one I’m having,” Eisen said.
Eisen made the case for people who were not yet immunized to get the vaccine, saying, “So there aren’t any more variants to pierce highly-effective vaccines that would ordinarily get all of us back to normal life. But if you want an answer maybe a bit more personal to you: get vaccinated so you won’t go to the hospital or die.”
Anthony FauciAnthony FauciWhite House offers to answer Nicki Minaj's questions about COVID vaccine Trinidad health minister shoots down Minaj claims about vaccines Majorities in new poll support requiring proof of vaccine to fly, enter arenas MORE, the nation's top infectious diseases expert, has said previously that it is inevitable that people who are fully vaccinated could still get COVID-19 in a “breakthrough” case because no vaccine is 100 percent effective.
However, he noted that over 99 percent of the people who died from COVID-19 in June were not vaccinated.
“If you look at the number of deaths, about 99.2 percent of them are unvaccinated. About 0.8 percent are vaccinated. No vaccine is perfect. But when you talk about the avoidability of hospitalization and death, Chuck, it's really sad and tragic that most all of these are avoidable and preventable,” Fauci told host Chuck Todd on NBC’s “Meet the Press” earlier this month.
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 68 percent of American adults ages 18 and up have had at least one dose of the vaccine and 59 percent have had both doses.