COVID-19 has killed over four dozen completely vaccinated people in New Jersey, according to health officials.
The New Jersey Department of Health reported to The Epoch Times that 49 deaths within the population have been registered since December 2020.
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COVID-19 killed 5,300 persons who had not received the vaccine.
The 49 deaths occurred among a population of 4.8 million people who had received a vaccine, resulting in a death rate of little more than one in 100,000 completely vaccinated people.
In an emailed statement, Dr. Ed Lifshitz, medical director of the department’s Communicable Disease Service, stated, “That indicates immunizations are nearly 99.999 percent successful in preventing deaths due to COVID-19.”
People who have had both Pfizer and Moderna doses, or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson jab, are considered fully immunized.
It usually also indicates that the person has had their final shot for at least two weeks.
Breakthrough cases of COVID-19 in fully vaccinated people are known as breakthrough cases, while breakthrough fatalities in the general community are known as breakthrough deaths.
Breakthrough cases are predicted, according to health officials, and while breakthrough fatalities do occur, persons who have been vaccinated are better prepared to resist severe disease.
According to data from 48 states and territories submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as of July 12, approximately 5,500 persons have been hospitalized or died despite being completely vaccinated.
There have been 1,063 deaths thus far. However, because reporting is voluntary, health experts believe the number is likely undercounted.
Breakthrough deaths have also been reported in other states recently.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there were 151 cases in Illinois last week. Dr. Joseph Kanter, the state Department of Health’s medical director, informed local media earlier this month that 27 fully vaccinated people have died in Louisiana. And, according to officials in Massachusetts, 80 similar deaths have occurred this week.
Editor’s note: The wording has been changed to more accurately reflect what the New Jersey Department of Health said.