Following the rise in Breakthrough cases in Massachusetts, 124 deaths have been reported amongst persons that were fully vaccinated. According to the latest reports, the state has recorded over 12,500 breakthrough cases, which leaves us with the question, what exactly are breakthrough cases?
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), a breakthrough infection is defined as the detection of SARS-CoV-2 RNA or antigen in a respiratory specimen collected from a person after 14 days they have completed all doses of an US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Covid-19 vaccine. In other words, its when a fully vaccinated person gets infected with the Covid-19 virus.
Despite the figures collected by the Department of Public Health (DPH) of break through cases, health experts continue to advise that vaccinations are the best preventative measures against the Covid-19 virus. According to the statistics of 4.4 million fully vaccinated persons, 124 persons have died. Overall, 1263 deaths have been reported in the United States amongst fully vaccinated persons thus far. Health Experts continue to advise that booster shots are the only way to combat the Covid-19 Delta variant, as fully vaccinated persons are still being infected.
It has also been confirmed that The Biden administration will begin offering Covid-19 Booster shots in September 20 after concluding that a third shot is needed to fight of the Delta variant. Pfizer-BioNTech and Morderna are leading the way regarding with these booster shots.