- A French nursing home where 95% of residents were fully vaccinated experienced a 17-case COVID-19 outbreak in January and February 2021.
- Eight people suffered severe cases, two were hospitalized and one uninfected person died of the virus.
- Researchers believe success cases are possible but vaccine is effective in preventing hospitalization or death
- Patients had the alpha version, and studies were conducted in France and around the world before the delta version was effective
A nursing home where nearly every resident was fully vaccinated faced a COVID-19 outbreak, although damage from the virus was limited due to shots, a new study finds.
A French research team led by scientists at Hôpital Charles Foix in Ivry-sur-Seine investigated a 17-case outbreak at a nursing home in Biscaros, France – 167 miles west of Toulouse – from January and February 2021.
The facility has 74 senior citizens, 70 of whom were fully vaccinated – or 95 percent of residents – and two were at least partially vaccinated.
Of those in the nursing home, only two had not been vaccinated, and one of them was the only person to die from the virus.
Of all those who contracted COVID-19, only two were hospitalised.
The researchers believe their investigation suggests that fully vaccinated people can contract COVID, but even the elderly – who are most vulnerable to the virus – if If they are vaccinated they can recover with few complications.
Seventeen cases of COVID-19 were linked to an outbreak in a nursing home in France, which had fully vaccinated more than 90% of its residents. Despite the population being hit by the virus, only one death occurred and was an unvaccinated resident. Image: An elderly Australian man is tested for COVID-19 in Melbourne on 2 July
The nursing home outbreak began after a resident contracted the virus from a visitor who tested positive for Covid, according to the study published in jama network open.
The first patient tested positive after the visitor also tested positive for the virus, and then began exhibiting symptoms two days later.
In all, 14 fully vaccinated residents, two partially vaccinated residents and one non-vaccinated individual contracted the virus.
Each person was diagnosed as having contracted the alpha variant, the Covid mutation identified in England, in September 2020.
Eight of the 17 patients developed what the researchers classified as ‘serious illness’, which involved two hospitalizations and one death.
The researchers wrote, ‘The findings of this cohort study suggest that there may be an outbreak of COVID-19 among fully vaccinated NH residents.
‘The study found evidence of transmission among vaccinated residents, but some individuals who became infected developed severe disease and one patient, who was not vaccinated, died. ‘
The report confirms what many scientists believe about the virus and vaccination.
People who are fully vaccinated are less likely to contract the virus, but still in some cases can spread and spread COVID.
The vaccine is effective in preventing hospitalization and death, however, which it did for residents of French nursing homes.
Accurate data on success cases is not kept and every state reports them differently, so it is impossible to know what percentage of cases in the US are in fully vaccinated people.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stopped reporting full data on breakthrough cases in May, and only reports those that end in hospitalization and death.
Decisive matters a. account for small portion However, the total number of hospitalizations and deaths in each state.
It’s worth noting that the French research comes from a time before the delta version took effect in the world.
The delta was first detected in late 2020, but it didn’t have its first widespread outbreak until case spikes occurred across India in May.
The variant then quickly spread around the world, and is now the dominant strain in many countries around the world – including the US and France.
Scientists believe that the variant has an increased ability to cause breakthrough infection among vaccinated people, and that vaccinated people have the same potential to spread the virus as the unvaccinated.