Do fully vaccinated people get COVID-19 still?
Dr. Esther Choo, professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, said on Yahoo Finance Live that we should expect a higher amount of breakthrough cases as the delta variant spreads and as more people get vaccinated (since the vaccinated people would be the only ones getting COVID-19 in a theoretical society where most of the population is vaccinated).
- “There’s a lot of talk about how people are getting COVID anyway, even though they’re vaccinated, and that is true and that is expected because there’s no vaccine that’s 100% all the time,” Choo told Yahoo Finance Live.
What fully vaccinated people should consider about COVID-19
Dr. Matt Willis, public health director for Marin County in Northern California, told California local news station KGO-TV that most breakthrough cases are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic — like having a cold.
- He said the majority of hospitalized fully vaccinated patients are elderly or immunocompromised. There’s also no link between a specific vaccine and a breakthrough case.
The vaccine, he said, isn’t perfect. So breakthrough cases can happen.
- “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 said. “And I think that’s an important message because otherwise, people might interpret breakthrough cases as a sign the vaccine is not effective.”