_COVID-19 Vaccine Breakthrough Infections

April 21, 2021

With any vaccine, we expect such rare cases…

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky announcing cases of COVID-19 found in those who have received vaccines on the same day the White House announces all Americans 16-and-older are eligible for COVID-19 vaccines.

Dr. Walensky says there are “more than 84 million people who were fully vaccinated” and they’ve “received reports of less than 6,000 breakthrough cases.”

  • Walenksy says this data is actually encouraging news, that “breakthrough” cases” (an infection more than 14 days after being fully vaccinated) show “these vaccines are working” and prevent severe illness.
  • Dr. Walensky says the number of those who have received a vaccine but also become ill with COVID is likely an “underestimate.” She says 30% of those with a vaccine but also with COVID had no symptoms.
  • More than half of all adult Americans have already received one dose of the vaccine (or almost 40% of the total population – CDC and 1 out of every 4 people vaccinated).
  • In the last week both Pfizer and Moderna have talked about the need of a third dose; currently people receive two.
  • Why It Matters: While vaccinations have continued, up to 3-4 million doses administered a day, COVID-19 infections continue to raise concerns by health officials, who say this a “complicated stage” of the pandemic.

Watch the CDC briefing here

by Jenna Lee,