Many prior assumptions or hypotheses about COVID vaccines were challenged by the information in today’s CDC MMWR report.
This is a thread with some of the prior assumptions and hypotheses compared to the troubling information from Barnstable County, MA:
Most infections are occurring among the unvaccinated.
“vaccination coverage among eligible Massachusetts residents was 69%. Approximately three quarters (346; 74%) of cases occurred in fully vaccinated persons”
Vaccinated individuals who contract COVID will likely be asymptomatic.
“Overall, 274 (79%) vaccinated patients with breakthrough infection were symptomatic.”
COVID won’t spread quickly among vaccinated.
“On July 3, DPH had reported a 14-day average incidence of 0 cases per 100k persons / day in residents of the town in Barnstable Co; by July 17, the 14-day average incidence increased to 177 cases per 100k”
the vaccine may wear off over time, but will provide robust protection in the first few months.
“Among fully vaccinated symptomatic persons, the median interval from completion of ≥14 days after the final vac- cine dose to symptom onset was 86 days”
Hospitalizations primarily occur only in the unvaccinated.
“Among five COVID-19 patients who were hospitalized, four were fully vaccinated”
Viral load is lower in the vaccinated breakthrough cases
“(RT-PCR) cycle threshold (Ct) values in specimens from 127 vaccinated persons with breakthrough cases were similar to those from 84 persons who were unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated…”
vaccine X is prone to breakthrough but not vaccine Y.
“Vaccine products received by persons experiencing breakthrough infections were Pfizer-BioNTech (159; 46%), Moderna (131; 38%), and Janssen (56; 16%)”
Here’s the CDC report: