The Minnesota Department of Health said this week that 89 people tested positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated, but officials aren’t overly concerned about that number.
What is happening in Minnesota with COVID-19?
The department revealed this week that 89 people tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated against the virus.
- According to KARE11, “a small number” of those cases required hospitalization.
Authorities said the number may sound alarming. But, officials said, more than 800,000 people in Minnesota have received a full COVID-19 vaccination. So the number of positive tests is quite small.
- “That’s well below one-tenth of 1%, an incredibly small number of cases,” Kris Ehresmann, the department’s director of infectious diseases, told KARE11.
Dr. Hannah Lichtsinn, a doctor of internal medicine at Hennepin Healthcare, said that no vaccine can provide 100% immunity. Efficacy, he said, is based on each individual’s immune system.
- “Some people may not have a sufficient response to the vaccine to have that full level of protection that allows them to fight this virus without any symptoms,” Lichtsinn said.
- He added: “We still don’t know enough about whether there are specific risk factors that make one person more likely than another to have a good response to this vaccine.”
Can You Get COVID-19 If You Are Vaccinated?
More research continues to appear on how the new coronavirus can still infect people who have been vaccinated.
Experts told The New York Times that all of this data should encourage people to wear masks and maintain social distancing, as COVID-19 can still infect you, even with a vaccine.
- “We feel very strongly that this data should not lead people to say, ‘Let’s all get vaccinated and then we can all stop wearing masks,'” Dr. Francesca Torriani, infectious disease specialist at UC San Francisco, told The New York. Diego Health. Times. “These measures must continue until a larger segment of the population is vaccinated.”