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At least three fully vaccinated Hawaiian residents recently contracted COVID-19. The Hawaii State Department of Health is calling these “breakthrough cases.”

Officials are using these cases to emphasize the need to continue with precautionary safety measures such as social distancing and wearing masks. They say everybody needs to continue being “careful” during the pandemic. 

KITV4 spoke with doctors about the “breakthrough cases,” who say this does not come as a surprise. The doctors said, “the vaccine doesn’t prevent infection but it does lower the risk of hospitalization and severe symptoms.” 

According to the CDC, the vaccines are between 66% and 95% effective.

One of the “breakthrough cases” was a healthcare worker who was traveling to multiple destinations across the U.S. When she returned home to Oahu, she tested positive for Covid-19. 

Dr. Melinda Ashton, Chief Quality Officer with Hawaii Pacific Health, said this is an example of an increase of infection due to traveling. 

“Absolutely you need to be careful during those times when you’re in the airport, on the airplane, with other people in larger groups,” Ashton said to KITV4.
Hawaii’s state Department of Health announced last week that all three residents had received both shots of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. They also said that none of the residents became severely ill with the virus, or spread it to anybody else.

Written ByHaley Weger

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