Alaska’s rare COVID breakthrough cases are far less worrisome than stalled vaccination rate, experts say

  • Source: Alaska Public Media
  • Published: 07/20/2021 12:00 AM

Public health officials have released a new report documenting hundreds of Alaskans who got sick with COVID-19 in spite of being vaccinated against it. But the report comes with a counterintuitive conclusion, according to officials who worked on it: They say it reinforces the urgency of upping Alaska’s stalling vaccination rates. That’s because the number of so-called “breakthrough” cases of COVID-19 in vaccinated people were a small fraction — about 4% — of the number of cases among unvaccinated people, even though those groups are similarly sized. “Vaccine breakthrough doesn’t make me nervous,” said Louisa Castrodale, a state epidemiologist who worked on the report.


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