One in five N.B. COVID-19 deaths were people who were fully vaccinated – CBC

Immunology professor says people over 65 should pretend they’re not vaccinated

Oct 18, 2021

A COVID-19 antibodies researcher expects to see more deaths among fully vaccinated people as vaccine effectiveness begins to wane.

“The vulnerable are becoming vulnerable again,” said Rodney Russell, a professor of immunology and infectious diseases at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

He said research is showing that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccinations begins to fade after six or seven months. And since older and vulnerable groups were vaccinated first, they’re seeing the first signs of waning immunity.

Of New Brunswick’s first 84 deaths, 17 of them — or 20 per cent — were fully vaccinated. The other 67 were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

The Department of Health released those numbers on Friday, so they do not include deaths announced since then. The government does not indicate the vaccine status when it announces new deaths from COVID-19.

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