Head of Maine CDC discusses why breakthrough cases don’t diminish vaccine
BANGOR, Maine (WABI) - Some Mainers are using breakthrough cases of coronavirus as the reason they are not getting vaccinated against COVID-19.
The head of the Maine CDC says that should not be the case.
Dr. Nirav Shah shot down the notion that the vaccine isn’t effective - so it’s not worth getting it.
He says, essentially, this is how medicine works.
“Tylenol is not 100% effective, no antibiotic is 100% effective. No surgery is 100% effective. While we do have our vaccines that are on the order of about 90 or so percent effective, 85 to 90 plus percent. In the world of vaccines that’s a once in a lifetime type of thing. That is just how good these vaccines are,” said Shah.
Shah says the two-thirds of the people with coronavirus in Maine hospitals are unvaccinated.
He says that reiterates that getting the shot greatly reduces your symptoms should you contract the virus.
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