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.

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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.” 
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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.