COVID- 19 continues to be identified in people who have been either partially or fully vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are marvels, preventing upwards of 90% of all infections, even in real-world settings, and preventing greater than 95% of severe cases of the disease (which would be defined as cases requiring hospitalization for intensive care and/or causing death). But the protection offered by vaccines is not infallible. And the degree of protection is threatened by existing and emerging variants of SARS-CoV2 that may possess the ability to evade some extent of vaccine defense. Ultimately, people who are vaccinated can and do test positive for COVID-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over. The continued identification of cases of COVID-19 is a harsh reminder that the virus continues to circulate and that the public health implications of transmission remain significant.
Continue to avoid unnecessary risks. Stay committed or recommit to consistently and conscientiously practicing the 3Ws when appropriate. Wear a mask in public. Wait at least 6 feet apart from others and avoid crowds. Wash your hands often.
Encourage others to be vaccinated when it is their turn.