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  • The 6,000 represents 0.007 percent of the 84 million who are fully inoculated.
  • “Although this number is from 43 states and territories and likely an underestimate, it still makes a really important point, these vaccines are working,” said CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
  • Nationally, new infections and hospitalizations are slightly increasing.

Roughly 6,000 COVID-19 infections have been reported in fully vaccinated Americans, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky said Monday.

Current CDC statistics show that as of Sunday, more than 131 million Americans have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and more than 84 million have been fully vaccinated. 

The latter makes up 25.4 percent of the population overall. The 6,000 cases referenced by Walensky, however, represents 0.007 percent of the 84 million who are fully inoculated.


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So far, no patients have died or been severely ill.

“With any vaccine, we expect such rare cases, but so far out of more than 84 million people who were fully vaccinated, we have only received reports of less than 6,000 breakthrough cases,” she said during a press briefing

Breakthrough cases, however — a phenomenon that occurs in which a patient contracts an infection despite having been vaccinated — can still occur.

She added that the 6,000 figure may be an underestimate.

“Although this number is from 43 states and territories and likely an underestimate, it still makes a really important point, these vaccines are working. Of the nearly 6,000 cases, approximately 30 percent had no symptoms at all,” Walensky noted. 

National data indicates a small uptick of 5 percent in new infections and hospitalizations, but corresponding declines in deaths. Several states and territories, including Minnesota, Michigan, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C., are all posting varying levels of increases in new infections.

Simultaneously, vaccine rates are broadly rising, with trends steadily increasing since December. A record amount of new doses were administered on April 1. 


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Published on Apr 19, 2021