‘Breakthrough’ COVID infections now on the rise in L.A. County

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A nurse administers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccine clinic operated by the Los Angeles County of Public Health on July 16, 2021 in Los Angeles. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

A nurse administers the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccine clinic operated by the Los Angeles County of Public Health on July 16, 2021 in Los Angeles. (FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

As the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus continues to spread, breakthrough infections of fully vaccinated people are ticking up in Los Angeles County, but inoculated people remain generally well-protected against hospitalizations and death.

Cumulatively, among 5.1 million L.A. County residents who are fully vaccinated, 0.53% have tested positive, 0.014% have been hospitalized and 0.0013% — or 68 people — have died.

“Most of these deaths have happened, unfortunately, among people who were seriously ill with comorbidities and/or had immune compromised systems,” L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said in a recent briefing.

The latest data “reflect the reality that the vaccines do not provide 100% protection, and that with these high rates of community transmission, more fully vaccinated people are getting post-vaccination infections,” Ferrer said. “However, this very same information also makes it clear how much protection vaccinated people still have. Most of us that are fully vaccinated … don’t get infected.”

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

An L.A. County Department of Public Health slide (via Los Angeles Times)

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