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Coronavirus: Can you get severe breakthrough infections after vaccination? - The Times of India

Coronavirus: Can you get severe breakthrough infections after vaccination? - The Times of India

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01/6Is it possible to get severe COVID symptoms, after being vaccinated?

Even with vaccinations, there have been several reports of people contracting COVID infections. With variants continuing to pose an active threat and antibodies from vaccines said to deplete, more and more vaccinated people are getting sick. But what is the risk that we know about severe infections?

Given that the vaccinated have considerable benefits over being unvaccinated and catching the infection, could it also be possible to experience severity and complications? We discuss

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02/6Vaccination and benefits: What do we know

Vaccination helps push protective antibodies into use which prevent odds of contracting the infection. However, since they aren't a complete cure, or fully established to eliminate the virus and related risks, catching an infection can be a little more common than we thought.

Having said that, since vaccines are clinically tested and developed, the strengthened immunity granted by the vaccines have been established to cut down the risk of severe illness and mortality associated with the disease. Some vaccines could be deemed to be more protective than others, and be much more efficient in taming down these risks.

More so, experts have also asserted that with higher immunization coverage, vaccines will also pave the way for virulent strains to stop posing threats, or be less deadly than we know them to be.

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03/6Feeling sick after being vaccination

Even though catching breakthrough cases post vaccination may not be as common as catching the infection when you are unvaccinated, there is a low risk of possibly catching COVID-19, if you are vaccinated. The chances tend to be on the higher side when a person has partial immunity, there are contagious variants in play.

As per available statistics, only 0.4% of fully vaccinated individuals tend to be vulnerable to catching the infection after being fully vaccinated. However, it should be noted that the risks also may go up in relation to particular vaccines, or individual preventive practices.

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04/6Can it be possible to encounter complications or have severe cases?

Granted that there's still a certain risk level of catching COVID-19, severity associated with the illness is an unlikely threat right now. A severe COVID-19 illness is termed to be a case when a person encounters grave symptoms, requires hospitalization, invasive treatments or has prior illness which can make them prone to risks.

While vaccines do work in a way to push immune protection to lessen down severity, research does suggest that the risk of severity cannot be completely negated with. Considering the variants we have, such as the Delta variant, which is now clinically known to evade antibodies, attack organs faster, some people could still be at the risk for complications, or require more critical care. The risks of encountering severity after vaccinations may be lower for the generalized population, but a low risk still exists for those who may have worrying factors.

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05/6Can some people be at a higher risk?

Latest research from the Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has now pointed out that 70% of severe COVID-19 cases , after getting a breakthrough infection, were amongst people older than 70. Diminishing immunity, chronic illness, frail immune system and other age-related concerns can be some factors. Apart from that, those who are immunocompromised, who may not be able to submit a good immune response in the first place to the vaccines, may need to be more precautious too.

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06/6What do we know about the long-term side-effects ?

With COVID-19, not only is there a risk of severe illness, but threats that we face in the form of long COVID too. Medically speaking, long COVID and other long-term side-effects of the infection tend to be more with moderate and severe cases. While research is still underway , scientists right now have also pinpointed that evading long COVID risk can also be a possible benefit with vaccination. Preliminary research does indicate that the vaccines are quite effective, and may cut down the risk of post-COVID ailments by upto 50%.

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