New Jersey surpasses 50,000 ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated

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Children receive COVID-19 vaccines at a school-day clinic in Seattle

In general, their symptoms might be less and the severity of their COVID-19 infection could be milder than those who are unvaccinated, but on Monday, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy announced a milestone in COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated.

To date, 50,762 fully vaccinated New Jerseyans, roughly 1% of all vaccinated individuals in the state have contracted the COVID-19 virus. New Jersey reported 5,828,060 fully vaccinated residents on Monday, one of the highest per-capita rates in America.

Sadly, of the 50,762 outbreak cases, 300 have died and 1,061 required hospitalization. About half of one percent of fully vaccinated COVID-19 patients have died.

Murphy indicated that only .02% of fully vaccinated COVID-19 patients required hospitalization.

Those figures reflect the period of January 8th to the present. During the period of November 1st through November 7th, 1,707 fully vaccinated New Jerseyans tested positive for COVID-19 with 2 hospitalizations and 0 deaths.

“The vaccines do begin to lose some effectiveness in some people over time,” Murphy said.”Breakthroughs continue to be rare, but they do happen.”

Murphy urged fully vaccinated New Jerseyans to get their COVID-19 booster shot. This week, the state also experienced a sharp increase in the rate of transmission of the COVID-19 virus which has gone from 1.04 to 1.23. The governor warned that fully vaccinated residents may not be as protected from the virus as they previously were as the effectiveness of the initial vaccine regimen wanes quicker than expected.

The governor also said COVID-19 hospitalizations are on the rise again in New Jersey, noting a 24% increase in ICU patients in the past 7 days.

“These numbers are being driven overwhelmingly by unvaccinated individuals,” Murphy concluded.”We know there is very little we can say that will lead any of them to get vaccinated.”