The recent headlines about COVID-19 breakthrough infections and the Delta variant are quite unsettling and have many people worried, but The Doctors stress the number of infections found in fully vaccinated individuals is actually "extremely rare."
CNN reports a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of data from states found that breakthrough infections have only been seen in less than 1 percent of people who are completely vaccinated.
Another key metric when looking at how effective the vaccine has been at protecting people is the rate of people needing to be admitted to the hospital. The latest numbers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention note less than 0.004 percent of fully vaccinated people are hospitalized due to a breakthrough infection.
So far, more than 163 million people in America are fully vaccinated against COVID, and of those people, 6,600 individuals required hospitalization. CNN writes "breakthrough infections of any kind are also extremely rare."
Looking at the latest COVID infections from the perspective of being unvaccinated is also important. CNN points out, "More than 90 percent of cases – and more than 95 percent of hospitalizations and deaths – have been among unvaccinated people." The experts also note, "In most states, more than 98 percent of cases were among the unvaccinated."
The Doctors stress the best protection against COVID-19 is to get vaccinated. If you or a loved one is eligible for the vaccine and have not received your shots, please consider getting vaccinated ASAP.
Find out where to get your free COVID-19 vaccine, here or search vaccines.gov, text your ZIP code to 438829, or call 1-800-232-0233 to find locations near you in the U.S.