Although there have been concerns in the media over the so-called “breakthrough” COVID-19 cases, Physicians Advisory Group chairperson Dr. Hoa Nguyen says there’s no need to be alarmed.
The so-called “breakthrough” cases of COVID-19 have recently been in the national media’s spotlight.
A “breakthrough case” is when someone gets COVID-19 even if they’re fully vaccinated.
However, Dr. Nguyen says that what people are calling “breakthrough cases” are to be expected.
He said the medical community has been open about the possibility of getting COVID even when fully vaccinated.
Dr. Nguyen told Newstalk K57’s Patti Arroyo that all you have to do is look at the numbers.
“Vaccinated individuals are protected 95 percent of the time, even though 5 percent of the time is still a risk. The vaccine is not foolproof. People can still contract COVID, but the symptoms aren’t as severe compared to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals,” Dr. Nguyen said.
The vaccine may not be 100 percent effective, but it is better than 0 percent, he added.
“The vaccine will cover about 95 percent of the time. And yes, 5 percent of the time you will get an infection and you might end up in the hospital. But those 95 percent, at least you’re protected. And sure, there are some positive cases on fully vaccinated people. But those cases report just very mild symptoms. And the chance of being in the hospital is very very low. So it’s not foolproof. You still can get the infection. But you either have no symptoms or very mild symptoms,” Dr. Nguyen said.
Once Guam has reached 80 percent vaccination, Dr. Nguyen emphasizes that they will still keep pushing forward to have people vaccinated.
“We do not slow down, we want to get everyone immunized, especially the underserved population. We’re still gonna go out there and reach out to those underserved populations because you know, a lot of them are working in our community. So vaccinating as many as we can, will decrease the risk of infection in the community,” Dr. Nguyen said.