New York Releases Shocking Study on COVID Vaccine Effectiveness – Hudson Valley Post

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New York State released a data report on COVID-19 breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and in-depth data over time.
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On Thursday, Gov. Kathy Hochul launched two new websites to provide expanded COVID-19 data.
The first focuses on COVID-19 variants. The second webpage includes the COVID-19 Breakthrough Data Report, which displays COVID-19 breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and in-depth data over time.
Vaccine breakthrough cases are defined as instances in which an individual tested positive for COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated.
The breakthrough data shows that as of Sept. 20, the New York State Department of Health is aware of 78,416 laboratory-confirmed breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 0.7% of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.
Also, there are 5,555 COVID hospitalizations among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 0.05% of the population of fully vaccinated people 12-years or older.
"These results indicate that laboratory-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infections and hospitalizations with COVID-19 have been uncommon events among the population of people who are fully vaccinated," the website states.
For the week of May 3, 2021, the estimated vaccine effectiveness shows fully vaccinated New Yorkers had a 91.8% lower chance of becoming a COVID-19 case, compared to unvaccinated New Yorkers.
The effectiveness declined through mid-July, with new variants emerging. However, officials say the decline has slowed. By the week of August 23, 2021, fully-vaccinated New Yorkers had a 77.3% lower chance of becoming a COVID-19 case, compared to unvaccinated New Yorkers.
Across the weeks of May 3 to August 23, fully-vaccinated New Yorkers had between 89.5% and a 95.2% lower chance of being hospitalized with COVID-19, compared to unvaccinated New Yorkers.
The ongoing 89% effectiveness against hospitalization is consistent with the results of the original vaccine clinical trials’ results, which showed protection from severe COVID-19 disease at these levels, officials say.
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