NAPA (CBS SF) — Napa County has reported the first death from COVID-19 in a fully vaccinated patient. A county spokesman said Thursday.
Napa County public information officer Leah Greenbaum said she was over 65 and had underlying disease and died of complications of COVID-19 after a long hospital stay.
The woman tested positive for B117 (UK), which can be more contagious and exacerbate the illness.
Vaccine development cases occur in only a small percentage of people who have been vaccinated, Greenbaum said. Napa County has identified 32 new cases in which fully vaccinated residents developed symptoms and tested positive for COVID19 from More than 71,371 residents were fully vaccinated on Thursday. This translates to a 0.04% infection rate among fully vaccinated residents in Napa County.
Cases of COVID-19 have dropped dramatically across Napa County in the past few months since the vaccine was introduced. This is testament to the vaccine’s tremendous effectiveness. However, older adults and immunocompromised people may not have a strong immune response to the vaccine. It underscores the importance of increasing vaccination rates in the community. So far, 62 percent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated in Napa County.
Dr Karen Relucio, Napa County Health Officer, said: “We are thinking about this person’s family and friends. “No vaccine is 100 per cent effective, but this does not undermine the urgency and importance of vaccination. Especially when there are different species out there. Vaccines provide excellent protection against death and illness from the virus. And all residents should continue to be vaccinated to protect themselves and others.”
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