As of July 26, more than 163 million people in the United States have been deemed “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19. This includes roughly 317,000 Alaskans.
Despite being fully vaccinated, thousands of Americans are falling gravely ill or dying with COVID. The CDC has received reports from 49 U.S. states and territories of 6,587 patients with COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough infection who were hospitalized or died.
The CDC notes that the number of breakthrough infections is likely higher than what is reported.
“National surveillance relies on passive and voluntary reporting, and data might not be complete or representative,” the CDC website states.
Additionally, the CDC is only tracking breakthrough cases that result in hospitalizations or deaths. All other breakthroughs are no longer included in their reports.
There are still relatively few new cases, deaths or hospitalizations when compared to earlier this year.
According to the State of Alaska there have been 656 vaccine breakthrough cases between Feb. 1 and June 30. A total of 17 of these cases resulted in hospitalization, and in two instances fully vaccinated Alaskans have died with COVID. A total of 391 hospitalizations and 58 deaths were reported in persons not fully vaccinated during this time span.
“No vaccines are 100% effective, therefore, cases among a small percentage of vaccinated people are expected and are classified as vaccine breakthrough (VB) cases,” a state bulletin from July 15 stated.
Certain areas of the state, however, are now reporting significant breakthrough cases.
Seldovia Village Tribe released a statement on July 27 warning area residents that since July 19 there have been 17 new cases in the area with 65% of those being from fully vaccinated people who have nonetheless contracted the virus.
Breakthrough cases are being ascribed to the new Delta variant, according to the CDC. The emerging breakthroughs are leading the CDC and local health officials to now recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks both indoors and outside.
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Despite the breakthrough instances and the rising number of overall COVID cases across the nation and in Alaska, there are still relatively few new cases, deaths or hospitalizations when compared to earlier this year.
According to the CDC website, as of July 30, the current seven-day moving average of new cases is 73.8% lower than the peak observed on January 10, 2021. Similarly, the CDC reports that hospitalization rates “remain low when compared to previous months of the pandemic,” and the current 7-day moving average for death rates is “91.8% lower than the peak observed on January 13, 2021.”
Regardless of lower rates in cases, hospitalizations and deaths, federal, state and local governments are increasingly pressuring, and in some cases demanding, that citizens submit to the experimental COVID shots and then continue wearing masks.
The new emphasis on masking comes just two months after the CDC said vaccinated citizens were protected and could ditch their masks, which was a major talking point that health bureaucrats used in trying to increase vaccinations.