‘Really good scenario’: Only 5,800 infections reported in fully vaccinated people, CDC says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is “keeping a close eye” on Covid-19 cases in fully vaccinated people, agency Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Thursday during a hearing before the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.

On Thursday morning, the CDC said it had reports of approximately 5,800 so-called breakthrough infections, out of the nearly 77 million individuals in the United States who have been fully vaccinated.

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Such cases are not unexpected; no vaccine is 100 percent effective against infection with the coronavirus. Even so, they are rare, and experts tell NBC News the data are largely reassuring.
“This is a really good scenario, even with almost 6,000 breakthrough infections,” said Tara Smith, a professor of epidemiology at the Kent State University College of Public Health in Ohio. “Most of those have been mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic. That’s exactly what we were hoping for.”

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