Salt Lake City—Utah’s residents who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine are close to the 1 million mark.
According to data from the Utah Department of Health on Friday, more than 540,000 Utahans have received full vaccination. But as the number increases, Utah is not alone in the “breakthrough” COVID-19 cases on record. Even if they are fully vaccinated, these are new COVID-19 cases.
Dr. Angela Dunn, a state epidemiologist from the Utah Department of Health, confirmed on Thursday that 97 of the 521,000 fully vaccinated Utahans at the time had 97 confirmed breakthrough cases, which accounted for less than the total number of fully vaccinated Utahans before Thursday. 0.02%. Figure.
Speaking of the low rate of breakthrough cases, she said: “This is really amazing and shows the great efficacy of the vaccine we have.”
The number of breakthrough cases in many other states in the United States is also very small. The Washington State Department of Health admitted on Tuesday that it had 102 recorded breakthrough cases. According to the “Star” report last week, there were 89 cases in Minnesota.
There are some reasons for breakthrough cases. First, medical experts quickly said that no vaccine is 100% effective. Second, public health officials warned that variants of the coronavirus may make the vaccine less effective.
So far, only two of the breakthrough cases have been sequenced, and both are variants originating in California, called B.427/429. This is one of the variants for which the state health department has not provided relevant information in its data, and it has been less studied than the more widely known variants that originated in Brazil, South Africa or the UK.
She said: “People are worried about the new variants because they will be less effective, but they are still very effective vaccines, which is amazing.” “We are not worried (variants) will reduce the medicine. The effect is so great that we have to change our public health strategy…Science has shown us that vaccines are still effective against these variants.”
Despite the breakthrough cases, state health officials are still optimistic that the vaccine is working.
Dunn said that in a long-term care facility in Utah, there have been more than 15 breakthrough cases recently, but people who tested positive have no symptoms. This shows that even if a fully vaccinated person is infected with COVID-19, the vaccine can prevent serious illness.
She said: “Before the vaccination, this was a population with a high mortality rate.” “This time, because of the vaccine, they didn’t even have symptoms.”
Of the 97 recorded cases in Utah, 5 are still hospitalized. Dunn said that these five are all “elderly people with underlying health conditions,” which makes it unclear whether their hospitalization is linked to COVID-19 or other health conditions.
The state plans to continue tracking and ranking breakthrough cases in the future, which can give public health experts a deeper understanding of how mutations affect the vaccination process. Dunn also encourages Utahans to receive vaccination as soon as possible, which helps reduce the risk of mutation transmission.
Dunn said: “This will move us in the right direction and end this pandemic.”
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