Texas Kidney Recipient Was Vaccinated Five Times after Tests showed No Antibody Response


As a record 1 million Americans were diagnosed with COVID-19 in a single day, the best weapon remains being vaccinated.

Others go above and beyond what is recommended, such as the Texas woman who took five shots of the vaccine. However, she told Inside Edition that she had good reasons to do so.

Stacey Ricks (49) received her first Moderna shot in January, and her second four weeks later. Ricks stated that after each shot, tests revealed that she had not developed any antibodies. 

Ricks underwent a kidney donation in 2016 and is currently immunocompromised. She said she underwent the tests as part a Houston Methodist Hospital transplant patient study.  

Another study was conducted in spring 2008. on organ transplant recipients by Johns Hopkins Medicine and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that 46% of participants had no detectable antibodies 29 days after their second shot. 

The researchers concluded that people who are immunocompromised should strictly follow COVID-19 safety measures, even after vaccination.

In June, before anyone was getting boosted, Ricks says she got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on her own. Her body still showed signs of illness. “nothing measurable”COVID-19 antibodies.

“I then got the two Pfizer and it wasn’t until after the second Pfizer that I developed any antibodies,” Ricks said.

She said that with the Omicron variant, even after five shots, she still doesn’t feel safe. 

COVID-19 has brought more than 113,000 patients to the hospital, which is close the record set in January.  

Tuesday’s announcement from President Joe Biden that he has increased the order for Paxlovid, the Pfizer antiCOVID drug, by twofold, brings the total number of treatment received to 20,000,000.