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New Minnesota breakthrough COVID-19 data backs boosters' protection

Analysis for the first time compares COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths by detailed vaccination status


Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune file

M Health Fairview nurse Terry Tran administered a COVID-19 booster shot into the arm of Muawiye Mohamed, 30, in December at the Brian Coyle Center in Minneapolis.

COVID-19 vaccine boosters have lowered rates of hospitalizations and deaths in Minnesota, according to new state breakthrough infection data that for the first time compared pandemic outcomes by detailed vaccination status.

Protection was greatest among seniors, who if unvaccinated were 1.6 times more likely over the past 60 days to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than fully vaccinated people. And unvaccinated seniors were nearly five times more likely to be hospitalized than seniors who received scheduled boosters, the state reported.

While real-time breakthrough data isn't a substitute for studies of vaccine efficacy, Minnesota Department of Health leaders said it hopefully motivates people to stay current with their shots and reduce their COVID-19 risks.


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