According to state records, over 620 fully vaccinated people of Oregon have died as a result of COVID-19, the majority of whom are White Americans.
Oregon health officials reported a total of 622 breakthrough COVID-19 deaths since the beginning of the epidemic on Thursday, according to state officials.
At least 64 percent, or 402 people, of the total number of deaths among the completely vaccinated, were white Americans, according to the CDC.
According to data from the Oregon Health Authority, only 13 African-Americans, 14 Asians, 17 American Indian or Alaska Native, and 1 Pacific Islander who were not vaccinated against COVID-19 died as a result of the virus.
Additionally, Oregon has documented a total of 49,250 breakthrough COVID-19 cases since the outbreak began, with the median age of 47 years old among those who contracted the virus. 3.4 percent of the population were inhabitants of care institutions or senior living homes, and 23.4 percent were over the age of 65.
There were 314 Pfizer vaccination recipients among those who died as a result of COVID-19, 167 Moderna vaccine recipients, and 84 patients who were administered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
Despite the increasing incidence of breakthrough deaths, physicians continue to urge that people get vaccinated, stating that the doses still provide adequate protection against serious sickness, hospitalization, and death.
Oregon health officials are preparing for a possible increase in COVID-19 cases after detecting three cases of the highly mutated Omicron variant (B.1.1.529) in the state.
The latest vaccine breakthrough data comes as the state prepares for a potential increase in COVID-19 cases.
The three cases were discovered in the counties of Washington and Multnomah. Since then, county health officials have established contact with the three patients involved in the incident.
As Peter Graven, the lead analyst for Oregon Health & Science University told KATU: “We have a little time, but we don’t have much, and that’s bad.” According to our tests, the boosters we have appear to provide excellent protection against infection and hospitalization.
There is little information available on the B.1.1.529 variety, which was discovered for the first time in South Africa in November.
However, according to a team of researchers from the University of Hong Kong’s Faculty of Medicine, the Omicron variety multiplies 70 times faster in human airways than the Delta strain, but only reproduces 10 times slower in the lungs than the Delta variant.
The study, which was released this week, is still in the process of being peer-reviewed.