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Breakthrough COVID-19 cases accelerate in Minnesota

Breakthrough infections account for a third of new reports in August


August 31, 2021


Registered nurse Yvonne Akufongwe gave Jennifer Gutierrez, 15, her second Pfizer shot at a vaccination clinic last week.

Nearly 30% of corona­virus infections in the first four weeks of August have involved people who were fully vaccinated, according to Minnesota breakthrough COVID-19 data released Monday.

State health officials said a higher proportion of breakthrough infections was inevitable as more people received shots and the coronavirus had fewer unvaccinated people left to target. But they stressed that the vaccine continues to provide strong protection against severe COVID-19.

"The vaccines are still highly effective at preventing serious illness, hospitalizations and deaths," said Doug Schultz, a spokesman for the state health department.


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