Missouri reports 654 of fully vaccinated residents have died from breakthrough infections from COVID-19 | St. Louis Newsheads – Community News
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Missouri reports 654 of fully vaccinated residents have died from breakthrough infections from COVID-19 | St. Louis Newsheads

NS. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Missouri health officials say more than 54,000 residents who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have been infected and 654 of them have died.

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reports that a total of 54,285 Missourians who were fully vaccinated have contracted the coronavirus, which is called a breakthrough infection. That’s just 2% of the more than three million Missouri residents who have been fully vaccinated.

The department also reports that 654 people have died with breakthrough infection, 0.02% of the total number of fully vaccinated Missourians.

Since the start of the pandemic, a total of 12,406 Missourians have died from complications caused by COVID-19. The 654 breakthrough deaths represent 5.27% of the cumulative deaths.

“These data confirm that breakthrough infections among the vaccinated population that require hospitalization or result in mortality are rare,” said Jon D. Doolittle. He is the president and CEO of the Missouri Hospital Association. “Wherever a breakthrough occurs and results in hospitalization or death, it is largely among individuals who – through a combination of age and illness – are more likely to have a poor immune response or be prone to compromised overall health. This new information is yet another confirmation that vaccination is essential, and further indicates that ongoing precautions must be taken to prevent infection.”

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