The CDC’s just released its first public accounting of breakthrough COVID cases and the results are, quite frankly, shocking. Shockingly good, that is!
We’ve been told that the mRNA vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer were about 90 to 95% effective in preventing severe COVID disease.
It may actually be much, much better than that.
The CDC is now reporting that of the over 75 million Americans vaccinated against COVID, only 5,800 developed “breakthrough COVID-19.”
Of these people, there have been 74 who died from the disease and 396 that required hospitalization. People age 60 and older accounted for more than 40% of the breakthrough infections.
Breakthrough cases are not a surprise and are to be expected. The vaccines are not 100% effective in preventing infections and as tens of millions of people are vaccinated, more and more such cases will be reported.
But, the reduction in risk of COVID infection after vaccination is, to me, stunning.
The breakthrough COVID-19 infections reported to the CDC were out of more than 75 million fully vaccinated individuals in the U.S., occurring in less than 0.008 percent of fully vaccinated people.
Hospitalizations have occurred in 0.0005 percent of all full vaccinations and deaths in almost 0.0001 percent.
This means that after vaccination for COIVD, even if you get a breakthrough infection, you have a very large likelihood (over 99.99% chance) that the infection will be only mildly symptomatic or even asymptomatic.
That is exactly what we’ve all been hoping and praying for. This is great news.
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