Public health protocols helping keep breakthrough COVID-19 cases down, says Strang – CBC

Low rates of virus activity mean there’s less chance for the occurrence

Oct 20, 2021

As Nova Scotia prepares to roll out COVID-19 booster shots for long-term care residents and people who are immunocompromised, the province’s chief medical officer of health says efforts to date have helped keep breakthrough cases to a minimum.

“We’re keeping the circulation of COVID virus well under control, and so we’re not having a major issue about large numbers of breakthrough cases,” Dr. Robert Strang told CBC News on Tuesday.

Breakthrough cases are situations where someone gets COVID-19 even after being fully vaccinated. It’s not unexpected, because no vaccine is 100 per cent effective. For the week of Oct. 7-13, for example, 24 of the province’s 77 new cases were breakthroughs.

Strang said the chance of severe disease is reduced among people who’ve had both shots. Being fully vaccinated also lowers the likelihood of transmitting the virus to others while infected.

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