Massachusetts on Tuesday reported 3,431 more COVID-19 cases among fully vaccinated people since last week, bringing the total since the beginning of the vaccination campaign to 47,929 cases, or 1.02 percent of all fully vaccinated people.
The Department of Public Health also reported 26 more COVID-19 deaths among fully vaccinated people, bringing the total to 371 deaths amongthose fully vaccinated. The number of breakthrough deaths represents a tiny fraction of all vaccinated people and underscores the protection the vaccines provide against severe illness and death.
The deaths accounted for 0.008 percent of the 4,686,467 people in Massachusetts who were fully vaccinated, the department said in its weekly update on breakthrough COVID-19 metrics, which included data reported through Saturday.
The department also reported 138 more hospitalizations among fully vaccinated people, for a total of 1,566 hospitalizations. That represents 0.03 percent of all fully vaccinated people.
State officials and public health experts have repeatedly stressed that vaccination greatly reduces hospitalization, severe illness, and death as a result of COVID-19.
As of Tuesday, 4,695,388 people in Massachusetts have been fully vaccinated, according to the department.