More than half a month after vaccinations began in the United States, the number of breakthrough infections has begun to increase. In Los Angeles, the rate of breakthrough infections raised from 2% to 30%, while Delta variant accounts for more than 90% of the current COVID cases.
The good news for vaccinated people is that the vaccine appears to protect patients against severe forms of disease and death. In fact, the percentage of hospitalized people is below 1%. In Los Angeles, there are 5.15 million people who are fully vaccinated, out of which 27,331 became infected with COVID-19. Out of them, 0,014 percent were hospitalized (742), and 0,0013% have died (68).
“With these high rates of community transmission, more fully vaccinated people are getting post-vaccination infections. However, this very same information also makes it clear how much protection fully-vaccinated people have. Most of us that are fully vaccinated, we don’t get infected. And if we do get infected, we don’t end up hospitalized, and they are very unlikely to tragically lose their life to Covid if fully vaccinated,” declared Barbara Ferrer, the Los Angeles Director of Public Health.
One way to combat the breakthrough infections might be through a third booster shot. The United States plans to offer its citizens a third shot for Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, as the efficiency of the vaccine does fade a bit in time. Other countries such as Israel have also begun to offer booster shots to their population. “We may be starting to see a little bit of the waning of protection (provided by vaccines), particularly among older people. I share the concern, but I also think the number is so much lower (than it could have been),” added Ferrer.