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It’s rare for fully vaccinated people to have COVID-19 symptoms

Can fully vaccinated people get COVID-19 symptoms?

A nurse fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.
Nurse Estefania Cruz fills a syringe with a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at the Central Davis Senior Activity Center in Kaysville on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.
Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that COVID-19 breakthrough infections — especially those with COVID-19 symptoms — are rare for vaccinated Americans, according to ABC News.

  • New documents from the CDC — which were obtained by ABC News — suggest that symptomatic COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated are rare.

The documents said about 153,000 out of 156 million fully vaccinated people got COVID-19 infections as of last week, per ABC News.

  • These cases are only symptomatic COVID-19 cases — not asymptomatic — showing that symptomatic breakthrough cases are rare.

Can fully vaccinated people get COVID-19?

Yes. As I wrote for the Deseret News, people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus can get the COVID-19 disease. The vaccines are not 100% preventative of the illness.

As the date suggests, Dr. Matt Willis, public health director for Marin County in Northern California, told California local news station KGO-TV that most COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated are asymptomatic — or at least mild. The vaccine isn’t perfect, he said.

  • “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.”

Dr. Esther Choo, professor of emergency medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, said on Yahoo Finance Live that we should expect more breakthrough cases.

  • “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.