Golden State Warriors forward Damion Lee received his second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine nearly two months ago.
Yet on Thursday, Lee revealed that he had contracted the coronavirus after receiving his vaccine — something that has left him still battling symptoms now weeks later.
“I did test positive for COVID about two weeks ago,” Lee said, via The Athletic's Anthony Slater. “I did get the vaccine the middle, end of March, and I mean essentially this was just a rare breakthrough case.”
'Every step I took, it hurt'
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said last month that less than 6,000 people have contracted the coronavirus after receiving both doses of a vaccine, or about 0.007% of those who have been vaccinated, according to CNBC.
As of Thursday night, about 45% of Americans have received their first dose of the vaccine, according to The New York Times, and about 33% have been fully vaccinated.
Lee said that he has battled symptoms, even some that are still lingering including headaches, chills, congestion, soreness and brain fog.
“It felt like I was hit by a car, like hit by two cars at once,” he said. “Every step I took, it hurt.
Lee has averaged 6.5 points and 3.2 rebounds so far this season, his fourth in the league. He has not played since April 19, and isn’t sure when he’ll be able to return.
The Warriors have just five games left in the regular season after Thursday night’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and are tracking to compete in the NBA’s new postseason play-in.
"Right now there’s no timeline in the immediate future for me coming back and playing," Lee said. "Obviously [I] still have protocols and hurdles for me to clear from the medical side. After that, then it’s a matter of getting back into basketball shape."