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St Paul (KROC AM News) - The Minnesota Department of Health has added a new source of data to its COVID-19 weekly update website.

It will reflect the number of confirmed vaccine breakthrough cases in the state.

MDH says “A vaccine breakthrough case of COVID-19 is when a person tests positive 14 or more days after their final dose of vaccine, and the person has not previously tested positive for COVID-19.”

The department says although vaccines have been very effective in protecting Minnesotans from the Covid virus and its variants, “ a small percentage of people who are fully vaccinated will still get COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus that causes it.”

The department says "Some fully vaccinated people will still be hospitalized and die. However, fully vaccinated people are much less likely to be hospitalized or die than people with similar risk factors who are not vaccinated.”

The latest numbers show less than 0.2% of people who were fully vaccinated later became infected with the virus.

COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths among people who were fully vaccinated are even less common with 0.02% of people who were fully vaccinated being hospitalized and 0.002% of them dying of COVID-19.

MDH graph

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