Golden State Warriors guard Damion Lee said Thursday he tested positive for COVID-19 despite the fact that he’s fully vaccinated.
“I did test positive for COVID about two weeks ago,” Lee told reporters Thursday before the Warriors’ 118-97 win over the Oklahoma City Thunder. “I did get the vaccine the middle, end of March, but essentially this was just a rare breakthrough case. … Right now, there’s no timeline in the immediate future for me coming back and playing.”
Lee said he received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is just one dose, back on March 22.
The 28-year-old Lee is among the rare cases of people who tested positive after a full vaccination process. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, only around 6,000 people have encountered the virus after being fully vaccinated.
“I had headache, chills, sneezing, congestion, soreness, body aches,” Lee said. “It felt like I was hit by a car. Like hit by two cars at once every step I took. It hurt, it was pain, soreness. It felt like there was a weight on my chest for a couple of days, like it was just hard to breathe.”
Lee’s, who hasn’t played since April 19, tested positive on April 21. He has been cleared to return to the Warriors’ facility and sat on the team bench during Thursday’s game. But he hasn’t been able to resume basketball activities yet due to ongoing symptoms.