September 27, 2021

Breakthrough COVID cases: California doctor explains your chances of contracting virus after vaccination

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KGO) — Because the Delta variant spreads, we’re studying extra about breakthrough COVID-19 circumstances.

Numbers from the state and county well being departments assist put into perspective what the chances are of getting coronavirus after being vaccinated — and simply how dangerous it’s.

In keeping with the California Division of Public Well being, 20.7 million Californians have been absolutely vaccinated. Roughly 14,000 of these folks (about 1 in each 1,441) have since contracted COVID-19.

A fraction of these, 843, have led to hospitalizations. Even fewer, 88, have led to dying. (That quantity may even be much less, as well being officers warning that in some of these circumstances it’s unclear if COVID-19 was the first trigger of dying.)

In gist: It is nonetheless terribly uncommon, a couple of 1 in 235,227 likelihood you may die from coronavirus after being vaccinated, in response to the newest knowledge.

“It’s important for people to recognize that the vaccine is very strongly protective against severe illness and death,” Marin County public well being director Dr. Matt Willis advised ABC7 Information. “And when we are seeing these breakthrough cases they are asymptomatic, no symptoms at all, or mildly symptomatic like cold symptoms.”

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Marin County has 206,580 vaccinated residents. In keeping with Dr. Willis, solely 177 have since contracted COVID-19. Of these, three folks have been hospitalized from the breakthrough circumstances, however there have been no deaths.

He says a overwhelming majority of the hospitalizations of vaccinated persons are among the many aged or immunocompromised.

He additionally says the county has seen no affiliation between the kind of vaccine an individual obtained and whether or not they’re at increased danger for a breakthrough case.

Throughout the Bay Space, it is a related story. ABC7 Information reached out to all 9 counties within the area. Of those who responded (San Francisco, San Mateo, Napa and Sonoma),solely Sonoma County reported deaths amongst vaccinated folks.

Sonoma County’s well being division says of the 475 breakthrough circumstances, there have been 23 hospitalizations and two deaths. Each individuals who died have been older than 90, with vital underlying well being situations.

Dr. Willis says folks want to recollect immunity must be thought of as a continuum, and the vaccine as a dimmer change.

“It’s more like a dimmer switch than it is a light switch. It’s not an on and off. It’s on a continuum of protection,” he stated. “And I think that’s an important message because otherwise, people might interpret breakthrough cases as a sign the vaccine is not effective.”

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