June 25, 2021 – The city government will intensify its monitoring of vaccination breakthrough cases or patients who develop Coronavirus infection despite having been inoculated.

Mayor Benjamin Magalong said the city has to double its efforts on this end in view of the looming threat of the Delta or Indian coronavirus variant especially since studies are still underway on the variant’s resistance to vaccines.

“We may be seeing an increase in the number of breakthrough cases and we have to be prepared,” the mayor said.

The World Health Organization and the Dept. of Health had said that all COVID-19 vaccines with Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) can help prevent hospitalization and death but there is no absolute assurance that all vaccinated people would not be infected or hospitalized.

In fact according to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

“Vaccine breakthrough cases are expected.  COVID-19 vaccines are effective and are a critical tool to bring the pandemic under control.  However, no vaccines are 100% effective at preventing illness in vaccinated people. There will be a small percentage of fully vaccinated people who still get sick, are hospitalized, or die from COVID-19.”

The mayor said vaccinated people should remain on guard as they can still fall prey to the virus.

Data analysts in the city are continuing to gather information on the city’s breakthrough cases at present. – Aileen P. Refuerzo