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 conehealth.com/vaccine to find out where you can get your COVID-19 vaccine.