While the COVID-19 vaccine does protect people against the virus, especially from hospitalization or death, there have been almost 10,000 New Yorkers were hospitalized, even after they got vaccinated. The "breakthrough" data, which is reported by New York State, shows that 9,044 people who are fully vaccinated, have been hospitalized due to COVID-19. That's .07 percent of the fully vaccinated population. Almost 140,000 fully vaccinated residents have contracted COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated, as of November 8, 2021.

137,380 laboratory-confirmed breakthrough cases of COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 1.1% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

9,044 hospitalizations with COVID-19 among fully-vaccinated people in New York State, which corresponds to 0.07% of the population of fully-vaccinated people 12-years or older.

Even though health officials consider the vaccine to be an effective defense against COVID-19, there has been a decline in the rate of protection, according to the NYS Department of Health,

  • For the week of May 3, 2021, the estimated vaccine effectiveness shows fully-vaccinated New Yorkers had a 91.8% lower chance of becoming a COVID-19 case, compared to unvaccinated New Yorkers.
  • Although this effectiveness measure declined through mid-July, this decline then ceased. In the week of October 25, 2021, fully-vaccinated New Yorkers had a 79.4% lower chance of becoming a COVID-19 case, compared to unvaccinated New Yorkers.

Some areas of New York are doing badly when it comes to managing the spread of COVID-19. According to information released by the Governor's office for November 16, 2021, these are the 7-day positivity rates around the state,

Capital Region5.68%
Central New York6.01%
Finger Lakes8.77%
Long Island3.59%
Mid-Hudson2.75%
Mohawk Valley7.21%
New York City1.44%
North Country6.92%
Southern Tier4.72%
Western New York8.87%
Statewide3.47%
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