Around one in four new COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles are among fully vaccinated people, health officials said.
Los Angeles Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer said that about 26 percent of cases confirmed between July 1 and July 16 were people who were vaccinated against the virus, news station Fox11 reported.
“As more people are vaccinated, the number of fully vaccinated people becoming infected will increase and with the Delta variant that’s far more infectious, exposures to infections have also increased,” Ferrer said during county Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday.
The troubling numbers mark an increase from June when people who were fully jabbed accounted for 20 percent of the county’s infections, the outlet reported.
Ferrer, however, emphasized that cases among vaccinated people are not severe — with those who have received the shot accounting for less than 0.01 percent of hospitalizations, the Santa Clarita Signal reported.
Data says a little over a quarter of COVID positive cases from July 1 to July 16 came from vaccinated residents.Mario Tama/Getty Images
The percentage of people who were fully vaccinated and tested positive in June was around 20 percent.Damian Dovarganes, File/AP
“There’s not even 1/10 of a hospitalization per 100,000 people for vaccinated people,” Ferrer said.
“This does contribute to our certainty that the vaccines are working as intended here in L.A. County. And although vaccinated people are seeing a rise in new COVID diagnosis, they are primarily experiencing their infections not as severe illnesses to bring them to the emergency room, but as bad colds,” she continued.
The so-called breakthrough infections among vaccinated people come as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new recommendations for people in virus hot spots to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
Immigrants line up to get vaccinated outside the Clínica Monseñor Oscar A. Romero in the Pico-Union district of Los Angeles on July 26, 2021.Damian Dovarganes/AP
Los Angeles County issued its own indoor mask mandate ahead of the agency’s recommendations to help tackle rising case numbers, which were largely driven by people who were unvaccinated against the virus.