PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - According to the Arizona Department of Health Services, 1,388 vaccinated people got COVID-19 between Jan. 22 and May 15. During this time, there were 2,660,000 people fully vaccinated in Arizona, meaning only around .05% of vaccinated people got COVID-19. Out of 797 people contacted in a follow-up investigation, 129 of the vaccinated people with COVID-19 needed to be hospitalized. It's unknown whether the hospitalizations were directly related to the COVID-19 or if the COVID-19 was incidentally found during a hospital stay.

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Eight of the vaccinated people who contracted COVID-19 died, according to the state. It's still unclear whether these deaths were directly related to COVID-19.

The state emphasized that these so-called "breakthrough cases" are rare.

"All of the available COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalizations and deaths," said AZDHS Communications Director Steve Elliott in a statement. "As a result, symptomatic vaccine breakthrough cases will tend to be less severe than cases in people who are not vaccinated. Asymptomatic infections among vaccinated people also will occur."

It's unclear if the state will begin publishing breakthrough cases on its COVID-19 dashboard.


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