The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) came up with a promising new report that shows less than 1000 cases of COVID-19 require hospitalization out of over 100 million fully vaccinated people. No vaccine can prevent sickness 100 percent of the time.
During these four months, the US Vaccination campaign tries its best to make everyone receive the vaccine. But approximately 10,000 people were infected with the virus after they received their recommended doses. Only 2 percent of those patients died with ‘breakthrough’ infections, says a recent report from the CDC.
COVID-19 vaccines are very effective. A small percentage of fully vaccinated people may be infected with COVID-19 when they are exposed to the virus. These are classified as “vaccine breakthrough cases.” It means people who have been vaccinated may get sick. Researchers continue their studies on such cases.
What Is a Breakthrough Infection?
COVID-19 vaccines are injected to protect people from getting infected. But there have been cases of fully vaccinated people testing positive for the COVID-19 virus, such cases are described as “breakthrough infections” because the virus can break through the defense formed by the COVID-19 vaccine.
COVID-19 Infection for Vaccinated People Is Very Rare
The CDC confirms that around 101 million will be fully vaccinated in the USA by the end of April. Among those fully vaccinated people, only 10,262 breakthrough infections were officially discovered.
These breakthrough infections were categorized as asymptomatic. Only 995 cases required hospitalization and 160 deaths were reported. The average age of people who died was 82 and only 20% of the deaths were reported who were not related to Coronavirus.
This may seem like bad news but infectious disease experts say it is great news indeed. From January 1st to April 30, nearly 10,262 post-vaccination infections were recorded across 46 states and territories. This shows less than 0.01 percent of the 107,496,325 Americans who had been vaccinated by the end of April, as per the CDC COVID-19 data tracker.
Reasons Why Fully-Vaccinated People Get COVID-19
A person could be infected just before or just after getting doses. In such a situation, it is possible to get sick. It may take 2 weeks for the body to develop protection after getting vaccinated. If the vaccine didn’t get enough time to build protection a person can get sick.
New variants of the COVID-19 are spreading in the United States that cause COVID-19 illness. The COVID-19 vaccines are authorized to use in the USA which also protects against most variants. However, there are possibilities that some variants may cause illness in people after they are fully vaccinated.
After Vaccination Symptoms May Be Less Severe
People who are fully vaccinated might have less severe symptoms. Some evidence showed that vaccinated people can still get sick. Some people still can be hospitalized and die. The overall risk of hospitalization and death in fully-vaccinated people can be lower than people who haven’t gotten their shots with similar risk factors.
CDC is working with local health departments to discover COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough cases. The aim is to find the unusual patterns including age, sex, vaccines, and health condition or which variants of the SARS-CoV-2 viruses made people get stick.
COVID-19 Vaccines Are an Important Tool to Protect People against COVID-19 Infection
Vaccines are also necessary to protect against the COVID-19 virus and the new variants. It also reduces the risks of hospitalization and death. CDC recommends you get a vaccination if it is available to you. CDC also urges you to take everyday actions to protect yourself and your family such as wearing a mask, avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated areas, maintaining a distance from others, and washing hands frequently.