the staff of the Ridgewood blog
Ridgewood NJ, In New Jersey there have been 49 fully vaccinated people who have died from the coronavirus through July 12, state health officials told NJ Advance Media.
Yes, it’s true ,you can still contract COVID-19, even if you’ve been fully vaccinated, in what experts are calling breakthrough infections. None of the vaccines are 100 percent effective against contracting COVID; Pfizer is 95 percent effective, Moderna is 94 percent effective, and Johnson & Johnson is about 66 percent effective (although 100 percent effective at preventing hospitalization and death).
Anthony Fauci, MD, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), said during a White House press briefing on March 26 to expect these infections. “You will see breakthrough infections in any vaccination when you’re vaccinating literally tens and tens and tens of millions of people,” Dr. Fauci said. “So, in some respects, that’s not surprising.”
In April, the CDC reported about 5,800 fully vaccinated people have gotten infected with COVID. However, in May, the CDC transitioned from monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases to only identifying and investigating hospitalized or fatal breakthrough cases of COVID-19.