By Muslim Mirror Staff
New Delhi: Vaccinated people seem to be contracting Covid-19 at surprisingly higher rate. While it is evident that vaccination provides powerful protection against the virus but there is growing concern that vaccinated individuals may be more vulnerable to serious illness than previously thought, a Bloomberg report said.
Tom Frieden, a former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the head of the nonprofit Resolve to Save Lives was quoted in the report as saying, “We have to be humble about what we do know and what we don’t know. There are a few things we can say definitively. One is that this is a hard question to address.”
When a fully vaccinated person gets infected with coronavirus, it is termed a breakthrough case. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccine breakthrough cases are normal as no vaccine is 100 per cent effective.
“It’s quite clear that we have more breakthroughs now,” said Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease expert at the University of California, San Francisco. “We all know someone who has had one. But we don’t have great clinical data.”
One of the best-known outbreaks among vaccinated people occurred in the small beach town of Provincetown, Massachusetts, as thousands of vaccinated and unvaccinated alike gathered on dance floors and at house parties over the Fourth of July weekend to celebrate the holiday — and what seemed like a turning point in the pandemic. About three-fourths of the 469 infections were among vaccinated people.
A newly released, far larger CDC case study of infections in New York state has found that the number of breakthrough infections has steadily ticked up since May, accounting for almost 4% of cases by mid-July. Those researchers cautioned that factors such as easing public health restrictions and the rise of the highly contagious delta variant might impact the results.
Yet another CDC case study, in Colorado, found that the breakthrough infection rate in one county, Mesa, was significantly higher than the rest of the state, at 7% versus about 5%. The report suggested it was perhaps because the delta variant was circulating more widely there, but also noted the ages of patients in Mesa and the lower vaccination rate may have played a role.