UNITED STATES: More than 160 people have died and nearly 650 have been hospitalized in Illinois due to Covid-19 in “breakthrough” cases after they were fully vaccinated, according to state health officials.
Since January year, 169 people in Illinois have died due to Covid-19 or complications after being fully vaccinated against Covid-19. That means that among all COVID-19 deaths, 2.44 per cent of individuals who died were fully vaccinated.
According to data updated on Wednesday by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), at least 644 fully vaccinated people have been hospitalized. IDPH said it is only reporting breakthrough infections of patients who were hospitalized or have died from the virus, following guidance from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
State health officials define a breakthrough case as a person who tests positive for Covid at least 14 days after being fully vaccinated and did not test positive for the virus in the previous 45 days.
A person is considered “fully vaccinated” two weeks after receiving the second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna Covid vaccine or two weeks after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Illinois’ top doctor said about breakthrough cases of Covid in fully vaccinated people – such residents are a “unicorn” as she again urged those who have not yet gotten vaccinated to do so.
“These vaccines are truly effective,” IDPH Director Dr Ngozi Ezike said. “You know, everyone has heard of a case or two of someone who had a breakthrough infection or breakthrough hospitalization, but it is, that is so far the unicorn, that you need to focus on the people who are not vaccinated, they’re the ones filling up the hospital as Covid patients.”
The recent surge of coronavirus cases in certain parts of the state have been found in areas of lower vaccination rates, Ezike said.