Less than 0.01 percent of Americans who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 later developed the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
These so-called “breakthrough cases” occur when people test positive for the virus at least 14 days after receiving their final vaccine dose, which is not surprising according to official reports.
“So far, around 5,800 breakthrough cases have been reported to the CDC,” the Federal Health Office wrote in an email to CNN.
“So far, no unexpected patterns related to demographics or vaccine characteristics have been identified.”
With more than 76.6 million Americans – 23.1 percent of the population – fully immunized against coronavirus, that means only 0.007 percent got sick later – far less than one percent.
In addition, more than 123.9 million Americans – or 37.3 percent – received at least one dose averaging 3.3 million gun shots per day.
The CDC told CNN that seven percent of those 5,800 cases – or 396 people – were later hospitalized and 74 of them died from COVID-19.
The data is the first to show how well the vaccine works in real life, and while the shots aren’t 100 percent foolproof, it suggests that once the virus is fully vaccinated, it is very rare to develop the virus and the vaccination campaign is successful was.
The CDC reports that about 5,800 of 76.6 million Americans who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – 0.007% – later tested positive for the virus, with an additional 123.9 million Americans receiving at least one dose
Of those 5,800 cases, most were older and female, with 7% of them – or 396 people – being hospitalized later and 74 of them dying from the virus. Pictured: A nurse prepares to give Skyler Penney a shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on April 14th in Clermont, Florida
Of the vaccines administered in the United States, nearly 100 million people have received the Pfizer vaccine, more than 85 million people have received the Moderna vaccine, and more than 7 million have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
Experts have warned the breakthrough will continue as tens of millions of people across the country are being vaccinated.
In clinical studies, Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine was 95 percent effective in preventing symptomatic disease and the Moderna vaccine was 94.5 percent effective.
Meanwhile, real data showed that the Pfizer shock was 91 percent effective against all diseases and the Moderna vaccine was 90 percent effective for at least six months.
This means that those who are fully vaccinated are between 90 and 95 percent less likely to develop COVID-19 than those who are not.
Additionally, Johnson & Johnson’s US vaccine studies showed 72 percent effectiveness, which means those who received the one-shot jab were 72 percent less likely to get the disease.
In comparison, flu vaccinations are about 40 to 60 percent less effective, meaning people vaccinated against the flu are more likely to get the seasonal virus than people fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are more likely to get it Infect coronavirus.
About 40 percent of breakthrough infections occurred in people aged 60 and over, according to the CDC.
The agency told CNN that 65 percent were among women and 29 percent had no symptoms.
“CDC is monitoring reported cases for clustering based on patient demographics, geographic location, time since vaccination, vaccine type or batch number, and SARS-CoV-2 line,” the email said.
Health officials also plan to test samples from people with breakthrough cases to see if any of the patients were infected with variants.
The news comes as the J&J vaccine hiatus continues.
The CDC and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suggested doctors should stop shooting after six reports – later updated to nine – of rare but serious blood clots from 7.2 million vaccinations.
Members of the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on Wednesday postponed a vote on whether or not to recommend lifting the break, as many said they wanted more data before proceeding with a decision.
The director of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Francis Collins said CNN will give scientists more time to study the links between the vaccine and the blood clots and determine whether or not certain groups of people are more susceptible.
On average, more than three million people are vaccinated each day in the US (see above), but some states are better at immunizing residents than others
T0P 10 US STATES AND DOWN 10 US STATES THAT VACCINE THEIR RESIDENTS AGAINST COVID-19
TOP 10 STATES
1. New Hampshire – 53.3%
2. Maine – 45.3%
3. New Mexico – 45.1%
4. Connecticut – 45%
5. Massachusetts – 44.5%
6. Vermont – 43.1%
7. New Jersey – 42.8%
8. Rhode Island – 41.8%
9. South Dakota – 41.3%
10. Pennsylvania – 40.1%
BELOW 10 STATES
1. Mississippi – 28.1%
2. Alabama – 28.7%
3. Louisiana – 29.9%
4. Tennessee – 30.4%
5. Georgia – 30.6%
6. Idaho – 31.1%
7. Indiana – 31.3%
8. Wyoming – 31.4%
9. Arkansas – 31.6%
10. Missouri – 32%
Percentages indicate the proportion of residents who have received at least one dose.
Source: CDC / Bloomberg
Collins said he doesn’t think the hiatus will slow the US mass vaccination campaign.
“In fact, the J&J vaccine supply was the smallest of the three and wouldn’t be particularly critical in getting us to the point where everyone would have access to vaccines by the end of May, or certainly by June,” said Collins.
This is despite Jeff Zients, the White House COVID-19 response coordinator, who stated during a press conference on Wednesday that this will have a short-term impact on daily averages … when Johnson & Johnson switch locations and dates to vaccines against Moderna and Pfizer. ‘
In addition, General Surgeon Dr. Vivek Murthy told CNN that Americans shouldn’t worry about the break as it shows that the U.S. vaccination safety system is working as it was intended.
“Our confidence in these vaccines is still high … we just want to make sure the research is fully done,” he said.
A hesitant vaccine is still seen in some parts of the US, however, and states that distinguish themselves and struggle with vaccination are starting to look like the nation’s political map: deeply divided between red and blue states.
Right now, New Hampshire does best when it comes to the percentage of residents who received at least one dose, with 53.3 percent doing so, according to data from CDC and Bloomberg.
Rounding out the top 5 are Maine, New Mexico, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, all of which gave more than 44 percent of their adult populations at least one first shot.
Everyone has voted democratically in the past and supported President Joe Biden in the 2020 election.
At the bottom are five states where less than 31 percent rolled up their sleeves for a shot. The seasoning is Mississippi; only 28.1 percent of the state’s adults get at least one dose.
Three of the bottom five – Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee – are opposed to Republicans and voted for Donald Trump last fall.
The fifth is Georgia, which has a Republican governor and supported GOP presidential candidates for nearly three decades before narrowly supporting Biden.
The emerging pattern: Americans in blue states who are slim Democratic seem to be more robustly vaccinated, while those in red republican states seem to be more reluctant.
“We can conclude that red states and voters who voted for Trump will be more difficult to vaccinate because we have really good poll data to support this,” said Dr. Howard Forman, professor of public health and management at the Yale School of Medicine, told the Associated Press.
Forman warned that in most U.S. states receiving vaccine shipments based on population, demand for the shot still exceeds supply. Hence, it’s hard to know how many people are resisting until everyone who wants the shots gets them.
But if states soon see a significant number of vacant appointments with many people not yet vaccinated, the consequences could be dire.
On Wednesday, Dr. William Schaffner, professor of preventive medicine and infectious diseases at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, told DailyMail.com In his state of Tennessee, he’s already seeing the effects of vaccine reluctance – only 30.4 percent of the population have received at least one shot – and encourages everyone to get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them.
‘Covid continues to spread. It continues to bring people to the hospital, including younger people, ”he said.
“We can all protect ourselves, our families and our neighbors by getting vaccinated as soon as possible.”