/Man who caught COVID-19 at Tenafeate Creek Wines ‘glad’ to have had first vaccine dose – ABC News

Man who caught COVID-19 at Tenafeate Creek Wines ‘glad’ to have had first vaccine dose – ABC News

As South Australia prepares to emerge from lockdown, a man who contracted COVID-19 during the state’s coronavirus outbreak is encouraging people to “go and get vaccinated”.

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John, who wanted to be identified only by his first name, spoke to ABC Radio Adelaide from his room at the Tom’s Court medi-hotel.

He said he caught the virus during a family lunch at Tenafeate Creek Wines, which was later identified by SA Health as one of the super-spreader sites in the outbreak.

“We just went there for lunch with my daughter and son-in-law and granddaughter,” he said.

“We were only there for probably an hour, an hour and a half.

“It would probably hold about 40 people. It was pretty full but I wouldn’t say it was shoulder to shoulder.”

As John and his family had checked in using the winery’s QR codes, they were contacted by SA Health on Monday night, telling them to isolate and get tested, which they did on Tuesday.

Gravel driveway leading to vineyards and large, bare tree

Supplied: Tenafeate Creek Winery Facebook page

After their initial test results came back negative on Wednesday, they thought they had had a lucky escape, but a follow-up text from SA Health on Thursday asked if John or his wife had developed any symptoms.

“I was starting to feel a bit chesty and had a bit of a sore throat so I put that down in a text,” he said.

“Within an hour they were straight back to me, wanting me to get tested — they gave us a priority pass to go and get a test at the Port Adelaide centre, so we didn’t have to queue, we went straight to the front of the queue and were tested in about 10 minutes.

“From there, a couple of hours later my wife got a text to say that she was negative, but I didn’t so I started to think that maybe something was going on.”

About 6:00pm on Thursday, John received a call from SA Health to let him know he had tested positive for COVID-19.

After spending an hour and a half on the phone with a contract tracer, going over his movements that week, an ambulance arrived and took him to Tom’s Court, in Adelaide’s CBD.

‘Symptoms would have been worse’ if not for vaccine

John said having had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, he “wasn’t overly fussed” to receive the diagnosis when he did.

He said he was now feeling “much better” than he had been a couple of days ago.

“I think I’m over the worst of it hopefully,” he said.

“We had our first AstraZeneca [vaccine] in May and we were due for the next one next week, but I think I’m going to have to postpone that now.

“I’m really glad [I had the vaccine]. And what the nurses have told me is my symptoms would have been worse had I not had it.”

While isolated in his room, he is using technology to keep in touch with healthcare workers.

He gave both the SA Health and medi-hotel staff who had worked with him “10 out of 10”.

“I’m really not having much face-to-face contact with anybody, it’s all done via video link,” he said.

“I take my observations every four hours and send them through on an iPad for the nurses to check.

“They’re keeping a pretty close eye on me, but it’s all done remotely.

“Every person I’ve come into contact with has been excellent. I can’t complain at all.”

Family members also in isolation

John said his wife, daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren were also in isolation, but so far had not tested positive.

With the state preparing to come out of lockdown on Tuesday night, John said he had just one message for South Australians: “It can always happen to you and my advice is to go and get vaccinated.”

“Everybody seems to be experts at the moment about which one to have,” he said.

“My experience is I’ve had no problems with the AstraZeneca [vaccine] and I’m certainly glad I had it when I had it.”

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