MDH reports 89 'breakthrough' cases of COVID-19 after becoming fully vaccinated

MDH reports 89 'breakthrough' cases of COVID-19 after becoming fully vaccinated Photo: Minnesota Department of Health/WDIO

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Created: March 25, 2021 09:32 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Health officials report dozens of fully-vaccinated people have contracted COVID-19 in Minnesota, a development that wasn’t unexpected. The state has identified 89 coronavirus infections in people who have received two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

State infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann said the fraction of fully vaccinated people who still contract infections was expected. Clinical trials suggested the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 95% effective.

According to Hubbard sister station, KSTP, Ehresmann said so far, MDH has interviewed 81% of the 89 people with "breakthrough" cases. 

"There are 30 of 72 cases [that] were symptomatic, so that means that 42 of 72 cases didn't have any symptoms at all, and so I think that's important to keep in mind," Ehresmann said.

She says it means even if you're vaccinated, you could still get the disease, be asymptomatic and pass it along to someone else.

"That's why we are continuing to say even though you've been vaccinated, it's important when you're out and about, that you continue to mask, that's why health care workers continue to need to wear personal protective equipment on the job even if they've been vaccinated," she said. 

Johnson and Johnson’s vaccine is said to be about 66% effective. Doctors say even those who required hospitalization after being vaccinated had milder symptoms. 

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