Before this story is massacred by mainstream media outlets and gets completely out of control, I thought I should write about it. Because the facts are bound to be washed away in a game of “telephone”—losing any and all credibility.
According to research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as of April 30th 2021, more than 10,000 cases of fully vaccinated Americans experiencing “breakthrough” COVID-19 infections have occurred.
These infections happened across 46 states. Roughly 25 percent were asymptomatic, 10 percent (995 patients) were hospitalized, and two percent (160 people) died.
But before you—and the rest of the world— start thinking this is a reason not to get vaccinated, allow me to offer some practicality into the equation…
COVID vaccines are effective
Let’s forget math for a moment and look at these numbers realistically.
Ten thousand is a very small number when you compare it to the hundreds of millions that have been vaccinated. Which is way better than any useless flu vaccine. (You already know I hardly ever think it’s necessary to get a flu shot for that very reason—efficacy rates are typically low.)
Ultimately, the number of COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths that will be prevented among vaccinated people will far exceed the number of vaccine breakthrough cases.
It’s also worth pointing out that 63 percent of the breakthrough cases have happened in older women. And we already know that the antibody response in women is typically lower than in men—which may offer some explanation.
Still, this “phenomenon” is not out of the ordinary.
In fact, it’s exactly what was expected. NO vaccine is 100 percent effective. Nor does it have to be to work.
The main goal is to create a situation where the disease is asymptomatic or mild with very little death. And the COVID-19 vaccines have achieved exactly that.
Vaccination is patriotic
You and I both know that people will use this latest “news” as yet another excuse not to get vaccinated.
But at this point, at least in my view, whatever reason anyone is using not to get vaccinated is not likely based on reality. Because despite having not yet received full Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval, I’ve been very impressed with the vaccines… Moderna and Pfizer (the mRNA vaccines), in particular.
The technology is so beautiful that it’s poised to change the course of medicine, potentially allowing us to treat things that we had no hopes of ever curing—like malaria, Alzheimer’s, or multiple sclerosis (MS). And that’s just a few of the many areas science is working on with this incredible technology.
You may find my stance on this particular vaccine puzzling—but you shouldn’t, because it really isn’t. This pandemic has brought the entire world to its knees. And vaccinating yourself against COVID-19 is a patriotic and selfless act, full stop.
This is an unprecedented illness wreaking havoc across the globe. Yet here we are, throwing away hundreds of thousands of doses in the U.S., while many countries worldwide are literally dying because they can’t get vaccinated.
So before you take this report as fact—take a longer, harder, deeper look at the data. The vaccines work.
P.S. Whether you’ve been fully vaccinated or not, I still recommend keeping your immune health top of mind. That’s why I’ve outlined all of my top recommendations in one, convenient report: my Complete Guide to Year-Round Immunity. Click here to learn more!
10,000 COVID Infections Reported in Fully Vaccinated People So Far, CDC Says. Newsweek, 05/25/21. (newsweek.com/cdc-breakthrough-infections-1594696)