Albany Med tracking vaccination status of COVID patients

Benita Zahn
Updated: April 16, 2021 05:41 PM
Created: April 16, 2021 01:51 PM

As investigators continue trying to figure out why six women developed rare blood clots after getting the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, doctors are reinforcing the need to wear a mask and socially distance, even after being fully vaccinated.

That's because none of the vaccines provide 100% protection. No vaccine does. Underlying health conditions can play a role.

To be clear, the number of overall breakthrough cases is very small, 5,800 out of 77 million fully vaccinated people. Of those 5,800 people, 74 died.

Dr. Fred Venditti, the hospital general director at Albany Med, drives home the vaccine is saving lives.

He notes not only is the likelihood much lower that you will get the virus if you're vaccinated, but if you do, you likely won't be as ill.

As of Friday, there were 28 COVID patients being treated at Albany Med. Two of them are breakthrough cases. Neither is in the ICU.

Venditti says the hospital started checking vaccination status earlier this month as breakthrough numbers were being reported nationally. They wanted a clearer picture of what's happening locally.

The hospital is now collaborating with the Wadsworth Lab in Albany, looking at the strain of COVID in patients vaccinated or not.

Learn about which variants the hospital has seen so far, and which ones they haven't by watching the video of Benita Zahn's story.

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