Even though COVID-19 vaccines are over 90% effective in preventing serious illness, millions of people vaccinated will likely have a breakthrough infection, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
So far, most cases have been mild, with little or no symptoms. Of more than 160 million fully vaccinated people in the United States, the CDC says 5,500 – mostly seniors and people with underlying health conditions – have been hospitalized or died.
Dr Paul Duprex, a vaccine researcher at the University of Pittsburgh, says it’s crucial that people get vaccinated against the coronavirus so that there is less virus to mutate and spread.
“The importance of breakthrough infections is that vaccinated people can pass it on,” Duprex said. “What we should be thinking about is not being this human petri dish, not allowing yourself to be the person who allows the virus to replicate uncontrollably and move on to the next virus of concern. ”
Dr Anthony Fauci, the country’s leading infectious disease expert, explained that groundbreaking cases do not mean vaccines fail.
“It’s not that it doesn’t protect against infection. It has a high degree of protection against infection, but not as high as very high protection against serious illness,” Fauci told Norah O , presenter of “CBS Evening News”. ‘Donnell. “Just because you see breakthrough infections doesn’t mean it diminishes the ability of this vaccine to protect you against serious disease.”
Music lovers recently returned to Scranton, Pa. For the Peach Festival after it was canceled last year due to COVID-19. Geoff Friedman and Julie Greenhouse were among the fans crammed into an outdoor amphitheater for four days of intense music.
“It was a hippie party where people were close, hugging and cheering,” Friedman said.
There was not a glimpse of a mask in the crowd of 16,000 people. “It didn’t really occur to us that we were putting ourselves in danger. We were outside. We were all vaccinated,” Greenhouse said.
But vaccinations were not mandatory. Forty-eight hours after the last booster, Greenhouse – which is fully vaccinated – developed symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19.
“I think if I had thought about how I could have gotten COVID from an unvaccinated person, I would have been smarter,” she said.
The next day Friedman also tested positive, followed by 13 of their festival friends who also had breakthrough infections. “We were lucky that the vaccine protected us and only gave us mild symptoms,” Greenhouse said.