Do fully vaccinated people get hospitalized with COVID-19?
- For perspective, about 5.4 million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in Israel. So 300 out of 5.4 million is only about 0.0055%, per Reuters.
- Data from the CDC found that 99.999% of fully vaccinated people in the U.S. did not have a breakthrough COVID-19 case that led to hospitalization or death, as I wrote for the Deseret News.
Do fully vaccinated people get severe COVID-19 symptoms?
So who are these fully vaccinated patients who are being hospitalized? Here’s what Reuters found when speaking with 11 doctors in the country:
- They received two doses of the Pfizer vaccine five months ago.
- They are older than 60 years old.
- They have chronic illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, lung ailments, cancer and inflammatory diseases.
These people are suffering from severe COVID-19 because of the continued spread of the delta variant and the waning efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, as experts have suggested.
How the U.S. learns from Israel about COVID-19
The rise in breakthrough cases has been a sign that more people may need COVID-19 booster shots. In fact, United States health officials have looked to Israel’s data since the country “has been offering a coronavirus booster to people over 60 who were already vaccinated more than five months ago,” per The Associated Press. Though some people have suffered breakthrough cases, the booster shots are meant to protect older and more vulnerable people from the delta variant.