20% of COVID infections in June occurred among vaccinators, Los Angeles County Health Says
In fact, during June, 20% of all newly reported COVID infections in the county occurred among fully vaccinated people. That was up from 11% in May and 5% in April. But Director of Public Health Barbara Ferrer said the increase was normal given the continued rise in the number of people receiving full vaccinations.
She also stressed that people who are fully vaccinated generally have very mild cases – a benefit that vaccines have long promised.
“A few of them ended up in the hospital, and even fewer ended up in the hospital,” Ferrer said — protecting people from serious illness and death. And these vaccines, even with the delta variant, hold up really well.
She said the fact that fully vaccinated people can still get infected should not be considered ineffective, nor should it be used as an excuse for people to avoid getting the injection.
She said, “While seat belts don’t prevent everything bad that can happen during a car accident, they do provide excellent protection, to the point where we all routinely use them. Only use a seat belt because it doesn’t prevent all injuries from car crashes. Refusing a vaccine COVID because it doesn’t provide 100% protection really ignores the powerful benefits we’ve experienced from those people who get vaccinated.”
She noted that when the vaccination program began, the primary benefit mentioned was its ability to prevent people from being hospitalized or dying from the virus. With the county’s number of infections rising — the vast majority are among those who haven’t been vaccinated — infections are expected to occur among some who get vaccinated. She noted that in the absence of vaccines, infection numbers would be much higher.
“When we got into this, vaccines really promised us that they would prevent disease and death, and there were big question marks about how well fully vaccinated people could be prevented from getting the virus,” Ferrer said. “There is still a lot going on. Protecting fully vaccinated people, especially Compared to those who have no protection at all because they have not been vaccinated.
According to the county, of the nearly 4.85 million residents who were fully vaccinated from Jan. 19 through Tuesday, 6,520 tested positive for the virus, or 0.13%. This is up from the 0.09% rate last week.
Of the fully vaccinated people in that period who tested positive for the virus, only 287 were hospitalized, a rate of 0.0059% of the vaccinated population, up from 0.0045% last week. 30 people vaccinated at 0.0006% died.
The latest figures provided by the county Thursday show that 5.3 million of the county’s population of about 10.3 million have been fully vaccinated, a rate of nearly 52%. About 1.3 million county residents are ineligible for the shots because they are under the age of 12.
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