Minnesota tops 500K boosters as COVID-19 breakthrough infections rise
Latest data show infection rate for the unvaccinated is four times higher
November 9, 2021
More than a half-million third or booster doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Minnesota to counter the latest delta wave of the pandemic and waning immunity among people who received shots months ago.
The Minnesota Department of Health in the past week identified another 7,821 breakthrough coronavirus infections among more than 3.2 million fully vaccinated people, including another 111 people who died of COVID-19 despite their immunizations. The state's breakthrough total as of Monday reached 64,844 infections - more than 2% of Minnesota's fully vaccinated population - and 483 COVID-19 deaths.
State health officials urged people to seek boosters when recommended because of the risks of waning immunity, even though the original COVID-19 vaccine doses continue to protect against severe illness, hospitalization and death. Age-adjusted rates of coronavirus infections in September were four times higher in the unvaccinated vs. the vaccinated, according to the latest state data, while rates of COVID-19 deaths were more than 15 times higher among the unvaccinated that month.