Only 1 in 10K fully vaccinated people wind up in NC hospitals with breakthrough COVID


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Only about 1 in 10,000 fully vaccinated people in North Carolina have developed a breakthrough COVID-19 infection severe enough to lead to hospitalization.

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North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Catie Armstrong said Wednesday that just 523 of the state’s 4.9 million fully vaccinated people – as of Aug. 5 – had been admitted to hospitals with COVID.

She said 15,989 breakthrough cases have been reported for a rate of 3 in 1,000, or 0.3 percent.

While that represents an increase from the most recent NCDHHS update — CBS 17 found that rate to be 1 in 1,000, or 0.1 percent, last week — it remains consistent with findings from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The group describes breakthrough cases as “extremely rare” and says that the rate is “well below 1 percent in all reporting states.”

NCDHHS says 48 percent of the state’s population of 10.4 million people are fully vaccinated, while 56 percent of everyone who can receive the vaccine — those age 12 and older — are completely vaccinated.

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