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Published on September 01, 2021

Few Breakthrough Infections Occur, but COVID-19 Vaccines Still Protect You

While breakthrough infections are possible, COVID-19 vaccines still help protect you from severe illness and hospitalization. As more contagious, more dangerous variants spread and hospitalizations rise – it’s important we continue to protect ourselves and each other.

Here are three ways vaccines protect you and your communities:

Breakthrough infections occur, but vaccines still protect you from severe illness and hospitalization. 

While it’s possible to get sick with COVID-19 after being vaccinated, there are still many ways being vaccinated protects you:

  • The majority of breakthrough cases are mild, meaning that symptoms are usually less severe if you’re vaccinated than if you weren’t vaccinated.
  • Your chance of becoming so sick that you need to be hospitalized is much greater if you are unvaccinated. At Cone Health, the vast majority of patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. View the most current data on hospitalizations at Cone Health using our COVID-19 data resource.
  • Being vaccinated greatly reduces your risk of death if you’re infected with COVID-19. An analysis by the Associated Press of available government data shows that among 18,000 COVID-19 related deaths in America during May of 2021, 99.2% of deaths were in people who had not been vaccinated. (Source)

COVID-19 vaccines protect you from current variants predominant in the United States.

The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines all provide protection against the delta variant, a predominant variant in our local communities.

These vaccines are effective for now. But if the COVID-19 virus continues to rapidly spread, mutate and become stronger and more dangerous, new variants have the potential to reduce the effectiveness of our vaccines.

The COVID-19 virus will have less opportunities to mutate and become stronger if more people get vaccinated, which is one reason why it’s critical that everyone who is eligible gets a COVID-19 vaccine.

Data shows that young people are being hospitalized with COVID-19 – so it’s important they get vaccinated to protect themselves.

The initial version of the COVID-19 virus caused severe illness in young people less frequently; but recent CDC data now shows that people between the ages of 18-49 make up a significant portion of recent COVID-19 hospitalizations. Young people can reduce their risk of severe illness and hospitalization by getting vaccinated.

It’s time to roll up our sleeves.

COVID-19 numbers – including cases, hospitalizations and deaths – are rising. Now is the time to roll up our sleeves. Visit to find out where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine.

Few Breakthrough Infections Occur, but COVID-19 Vaccines Still Protect You