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Are There Trends In Breakthrough COVID Cases?

The vaccines are performing well in what they are meant to do – keeping people out of the hospital, preventing severe disease, hospitalizations and death.

When it comes to vaccinated people being hospitalized with COVID-19, there are two trends that easily are seen.

Number one, elderly people. Once you hit 70, your immune system does not work as well. With other vaccines, we give people 65 and above a high dose, such as with the influenza vaccine. We’re seeing that with COVID-19 admissions in the elderly.

The other group of vaccinated individuals we’re seeing in the hospital with COVID are immunocompromised people. Vaccines don’t work as well in immunocompromised people. Specifically I’m talking about transplant patients, people on biological agents for conditions like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Still, with what matters the most – keeping people out of the hospital, preventing severe disease – the vaccines are performing very well.

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