KEY POINTS

  • Only 0.43% of fully vaccinated people in Massachusetts have contracted COVID-19
  • Massachusetts fully vaccinated more than 66% of eligible population; Alabama 39.4%
  • Massachusetts has highest vaccination rate among states with 700,000-800,000 cases

The latest data on breakthrough cases from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health revealed that nearly 20,000 residents of the state who’ve been fully vaccinated have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Department of Public Health said there was a cumulative 19,443 COVID-19 cases among the fully vaccinated population, accounting for only about 0.43 percent of the 4.5 million people who are fully vaccinated in the state, NBC-owned WCAU reported. The data also showed that among the fully vaccinated, there was a total of 144 deaths, which accounts for just 0.0003 percent of the fully vaccinated population.

Breakthrough cases are infections in people who’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In the past week, the Department of Public Health tracked 3,074 confirmed coronavirus cases, with 651 of these new breakthrough cases resulting in hospitalization. The figure only makes up about 0.01 percent of the more than 66 percent of fully vaccinated people in Massachusetts.

Among the seven states with more than 700,000 and less than 800,000 cases, Virginia has fully vaccinated about 57 percent of its total population. The state has given 10,073,328 doses of COVID-19 vaccines as of Tuesday. South Carolina, on the other hand, has vaccinated 48.7 percent of its eligible population so far.

In Missouri, 45.7 percent, or 2,806,882 of its eligible population, has been fully vaccinated, while in Wisconsin, 55.3 percent of the total eligible population has been fully vaccinated. The Washington Post’s vaccination tracker reported that Alabama has fully vaccinated 39.4 percent of its total eligible population as of Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the Department of Public Health reported 5,484 new confirmed coronavirus cases and 12 new deaths from the disease, including records from the weekend. The state now has a total of 720,175 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 17,921 deaths.

Among Massachusetts’ recent coronavirus cases, a majority are still among the unvaccinated residents, local news outlet MassLive reported. About 26 percent of all COVID-19 hospitalizations in the state are among fully inoculated individuals, while 74 percent are among unvaccinated patients. Furthermore, state data showed that the hospitalization rate in breakthrough cases has been shrinking significantly.