ECDOH: Almost 9 out of 10 new COVID-19 cases in Erie County came from people not fully vaccinated

ERIE COUNTY, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County Department of Health says about nine out of 10 new coronavirus cases from late May to mid-June came from people not fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

That new data is coming from the New York State Immunization System.

Between May 23 and June 13, 2021, 85.3% of new COVID-19 cases reported to ECDOH were from people who didn’t have any record of a COVID-19 vaccination. Meanwhile, 6.3% were from people partially vaccinated — 8.5% were fully vaccinated.

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The county health department reports that 91.5% of new COVID-19 cases from late May to mid-June were from people not fully vaccinated. 65% of these fully vaccinated people were symptomatic, 21% were asymptomatic and 14% either declined to answer or were not reached for an interview. 50% of respondents reported an underlying medical condition. 

Erie County Vaccination Status of new COVID-19 Cases

New COVID-19 Cases% Fully Vaccinated% Partially Vaccinated% No Vaccinations% Not Fully VaccinatedMay 23-June 13, 20216398.5%6.3%85.3%91.5%Source: New York State Immunization Information System, June 16, 2021

Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein says this new data proves vaccines work.

“These data reinforce what we have been saying since this vaccine was introduced: vaccines work,” said Dr. Burstein.

“As vaccination rates have increased this spring, we have experienced a sharp decline in the number of new COVID-19 cases. This speaks to the power of vaccination and other public health interventions in reducing disease prevalence in our community.”

Patrick Ryan is a digital producer who has been part of the News 4 team since 2020. See more of his work here.

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