Around 4,000 fully vaccinated individuals in Massachusetts tested positive for coronavirus. The data was recently released by the Department of Public Health from the state.
According to them, this number of cases has been infrequent so far and approximated to merely one in 1,000 fully vaccinated people.
As of June 12, out of the 3.7 million fully immunized persons, 3,791 of them got positive COVID tests.
Most infections are asymptomatic or are very mild
Davidson Hamer, the infectious disease specialist with Boston University, said they are learning that most of the infections are asymptomatic or are very mild. The infections also lasted only in brief durations.
The infectious disease specialist also added that the viral load seen to these infected fully vacccinated individuals are not very high.
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Hamer noted that breakthroughs are expected. Yet, we have to gain a better understanding of who is at risk and whether fully vaccinated people who got infected can infect others with the virus. He added that is some cases, the infected individuals could shed low levels of the virus, but could not transmit it to others.
According to the reports of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, big-scale clinical research found that the vaccines prevented most people from having the virus. However, no vaccine is 100% effective at blocking the disease.
Very low percentage of fully vaccinated people getting infected with COVID-19
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also added that there will still be a meager percentage of fully vaccinated individuals who get sick, hospitalized, or die from coronavirus.
A recent study conducted by the CDC also showed that Moderna and Pfizer are around 90% effective against coronavirus two weeks after the last dose. The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is around 72% effective, according to trials.
A DPH spokeswoman told the Boston Herald that they are testing to identify if the current infections.
The spokeswoman also added that the people with current COVID-19 infections can still spread the virus to others. Thus, isolation of the cases and identification of close contacts is still a foundation of the public health response.
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On the other hand, health officials are warning of the contagious Delta variant that is seen in some areas of the United States.
South Shore Health Director of infectious disease, Rodd Ellerin revealed that they need to have as many vaccinated people as possible because of the contagious Delta variant.
Ellerin also made a plea as the new virus variants were recorded in the state last week, despite the vaccine rollout.
Meanwhile, coronavirus-related deaths in the United States dipped for the first time since the early days of the pandemic in 2020. Moreover, according to the data provided by the CDC, over 150 million individuals in the United States are fully vaccinated as of Monday.