SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Health District has confirmed two cases of “breakthrough” of COVID-19 among vaccinated people in Bexar County.
The two infections were confirmed on Friday by Dr. Anita Kurian, assistant director of Metro Health, and are the only two cases of “breakthrough” reported so far.
“We are investigating two cases of possible outbreaks of COVID-19 vaccination in Bexar County,”
A case of breakthrough is someone who tests positive for COVID-19 more than two weeks after complete vaccination.
Dr Kurian said in an interview with KSAT on Friday that these two people with “breakthrough” cases of COVID-19 were less likely to pass the disease on to others and could have mild symptoms, given that both are fully vaccinated.
It is not clear which vaccines people received, how long they were in the vaccination period or how severe their infections were.
According to the CDC, COVID-19 vaccines are still very highly effective in preventing COVID-19 infections, although no vaccine is 100% effective.
Moderna was found to be 94.1% effective in preventing COVID-19 in those who received two doses of the vaccine without ‘evidence of pre-infection’.
According to health officials, people must be 18 or older to receive the Moderna vaccine. The vaccine will reach its full effectiveness two weeks after the individual’s second dose.
The Pfizer vaccine has been found by healthcare professionals to be 95% effective in preventing COVID-19 two weeks after a person has received both doses. Pfizer is currently approved for people 16 years of age and older.
Johnson & Johnson is a single dose and has been found to be 85% effective in preventing COVID-19 disease 28 days after vaccination.
CDC officials said that if you decide to get vaccinated against COVID-19, you will not be infected with a live virus, nor will you get COVID-19 from the vaccine itself.
The vaccine usually takes several weeks for the body to build up immunity to the virus after vaccination, according to the CDC.
It is possible for someone to become infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, “immediately before or immediately after vaccination and still become ill,” the CDC said. This is because the vaccine does not have enough time to build up the body’s immune response.
It is not clear what led to the positive COVID-19 breakthrough in Bexar County. This is an evolving story and we will bring more updates when they become available.
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