OTTAWA — San Josie Forest-Nising is in hospital after contracting COVID-19, despite being fully vaccinated.

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His office says the 56-year-old Sudbury senator is no longer in intensive care and is expected to recover.

It added that she was fully vaccinated earlier this year.

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So-called “success cases” of COVID-19 are rare.

Ontario reports that just 2.4 percent of reported COVID-19 cases since last December involved people who had received two doses of an approved vaccine at least 14 days before infection.

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The province estimates that non-vaccinated individuals are seven times more likely to contract COVID-19 than those who are fully vaccinated.

Among people age 60 and older, the province estimates that unvaccinated individuals are 28 times more likely to be hospitalized due to COVID-19.

Forrest-Nising’s office says the senators are “grateful for the messages of support they have received and the excellent care given by the hospital and its staff.”

Forrest-Nising was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 2018. She is a member of the Independent Senators’ Group.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 22, 2021.