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Sacramento County reports low number of breakthrough COVID-19 vaccine cases – KCRA Sacramento

Numbers from Sacramento County show just how rare it is for someone who is fully vaccinated to get COVID-19. The county’s public health department reports 271 breakthrough vaccine cases. That amounts to about .05% of fully vaccinated people.”COVID vaccines are extraordinarily effective, but no vaccines work 100% of the time,” said Dr. Dean Blumberg with UC Davis Health.One Sacramento resident, who asked to remain anonymous, shared her unique story. She said she got her first vaccine dose at the end of January. About a week later, she tested positive for COVID-19. “I had very little symptoms, a headache,” she said. “I didn’t feel that great for a few days and then I was completely fine.”After recovering, she said she got her second Moderna shot. Then, two months after that, the woman said she lost her sense of taste and smell. She took another test, and it came back positive with COVID-19 again. She provided KCRA 3 with her medical records, which show the sequence of events.”I had a ton of exhaustion — been having really bad headaches,” she said.Blumberg could not speak to this specific case, but he did provide some context on the issue. He said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds a breakthrough infection after having a first infection is very rare within 90 days of the original infection.”It’s more likely that’s due to residual detection of the virus rather than reinfection,” Blumberg explained.However, new variants could increase the risk of getting COVID-19 despite previous immunity with a different strain. Again, he said, it may occur but it is very rare.

Numbers from Sacramento County show just how rare it is for someone who is fully vaccinated to get COVID-19.

The county’s public health department reports 271 breakthrough vaccine cases. That amounts to about .05% of fully vaccinated people.

“COVID vaccines are extraordinarily effective, but no vaccines work 100% of the time,” said Dr. Dean Blumberg with UC Davis Health.

One Sacramento resident, who asked to remain anonymous, shared her unique story. She said she got her first vaccine dose at the end of January. About a week later, she tested positive for COVID-19.

“I had very little symptoms, a headache,” she said. “I didn’t feel that great for a few days and then I was completely fine.”

After recovering, she said she got her second Moderna shot. Then, two months after that, the woman said she lost her sense of taste and smell.

She took another test, and it came back positive with COVID-19 again. She provided KCRA 3 with her medical records, which show the sequence of events.

“I had a ton of exhaustion — been having really bad headaches,” she said.

Blumberg could not speak to this specific case, but he did provide some context on the issue. He said that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds a breakthrough infection after having a first infection is very rare within 90 days of the original infection.

“It’s more likely that’s due to residual detection of the virus rather than reinfection,” Blumberg explained.

However, new variants could increase the risk of getting COVID-19 despite previous immunity with a different strain. Again, he said, it may occur but it is very rare.

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