(La Porte, IN) - La Porte County Sheriff John Boyd is recovering after contracting COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the virus.
Boyd, 55, said he’s still fatigued, but his 101-degree fever, body aches, and slight congestion are gone. Boyd said he was fully immunized in February but still feels fortunate.
He strongly believes his symptoms could have been much worse based on widespread claims from medical experts about the vaccine helping to fight the virus in the slight percentage of immunized people getting infected.
He also encouraged people skeptical about the vaccine to be more open-minded, then decide after consulting with their doctor and conducting other valid research.
“If the immunizations are what’s best for them, in their opinion, they shouldn’t have any hesitancy,” Boyd said.
Most likely, Boyd said he contracted the virus three weeks ago during an Indiana Sheriffs’ Association conference in Plainfield. Boyd said his symptoms developed just before ISA issued a notice that several individuals at the conference had tested positive for the virus. He immediately got tested and spent the next 10 days at home after positive results.
“I was really only down in bed for a couple of days. I bounced back pretty quickly,” he said.
Boyd said he and many other individuals at the conference did not wear a mask but felt social distancing, and other precautions were taken as much as possible.
“I like to think I’m more cautious than I ever have been before, but sometimes it just happens. You have to live life. You can’t live in a bubble,” he said.