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In Idaho, 97 fully vaccinated people test positive for COVID-19. Officials respond to development

Idaho said that 97 people reported COVID-19 infections after getting fully vaccinated.

Idaho said that 97 people reported COVID-19 infections after getting fully vaccinated.
Kristy Stoos receives a COVID-19 inoculation at Grand Teton Mall in Idaho Falls, Idaho, on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. Idaho health officials said this week that 97 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated, CBS2 reports.
John Roark, The Idaho Post-Register via AP

Idaho health officials said this week that 97 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus despite being fully vaccinated, CBS2 reports.

What is happening in Idaho with COVID-19?

State health officials said there were reports of positive COVID-19 tests among those who were fully vaccinated, according to CBS2.

  • In total, the 97 infections account for 0.5% — yes, half of a percent — of the total number of people who were vaccinated against the novel coronavirus.
  • Half of those 97 people said they had no symptoms but were tested for reasons “such as ongoing testing at their workplace, or close contact with a known case,” according to CBS2.
  • Meanwhile, about 80% of those who had an illness from their infection had mild or moderate symptoms of the virus, CBS2 reports.
  • Three of those 97 people needed hospitalization. The three had preexisting conditions that put them at risk for the disease, according to CBS2.

This happened in Washington and Minnesota, too.

The Washington State Health Department said recently that 102 people tested positive for COVID-19 even though they had received full vaccination against the novel coronavirus. Similarly, the Minnesota Department of Health reported 89 people who tested positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated against it.

Why did people test positive for COVID-19 even though they were vaccinated?

Idaho state epidemiologist Dr. Christine Hahn told the Post Falls Press that this is expected.

  • “No vaccine is 100%,” Hahn said. “We’ve seen some people get vaccinated and get COVID.”

Hahn said the fact that no one died is a big development.

  • “There’s two things we’re looking for,” Hahn said. “A big decrease in the number of people getting COVID (after getting vaccinated), which we believe has happened, but it’s not a whole lot. Secondly, they’d be less severely ill. Amongst the cases, we want to see from people maybe getting diagnosed … many of them are asymptomatic.”