People in Oregon have Contracted Coronavirus Despite Being Vaccinated


Kai Hetherington, Writer

Four people in Oregon in counties tested positive for coronavirus even after getting vaccinated with both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, February 12. In the Yamhill and Lane counties, there are two cases in each county. Both cases are either mild or have no symptoms at all. The state’s health agency is calling the people who have tested positive “Breakthrough cases,” which means that they tested positive 14 days after receiving both doses of the vaccine.  The health agency has stated that “Clinical trials of both vaccines presently in use included breakthrough cases. In those cases, even though the participants got Covid, the vaccines reduced the severity of illness.

The agency’s announcement came on the exact day a health officer said there had been a  decline in Coronavirus cases over the past weeks. As of February 12, there have been about 150,000 cases in Oregon, according to the department. Health Officer Dean Sidelinger said at a news conference, “These decreases are a testament to the actions all Oregonians are taking to slow the spread of Covid-19 and the sacrifices made – thank you.” Though the state of Oregon does have a new threat to face such as breakthrough cases. In North Carolina, a similar breakthrough case was reported, although the state’s Department of Health said that the person did not need to have severe attention.  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have said that quarantining is not necessary for fully vaccinated people within three months of having received the vaccine in two doses if they do not show symptoms. They do still have to follow all Covid – 19 safety measures, such as social distancing, wearing masks, and avoiding large crowds or gatherings.