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Health experts say vaccine doing what it's supposed to do

Benita Zahn
Created: May 14, 2021 07:37 PM

You've probably heard about the eight cases of COVID diagnosed among members of the Yankees. All had been vaccinated, reportedly with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. So what happened?

A number of people monitoring this and all say, it's to be expected. Bottom line, none of the vaccines are 100% at preventing infection. What they're great at is preventing severe disease. That's what we're seeing in the Yankees organization.

Eight members tested positive but only one exhibited symptoms and they're reportedly mild.

NewsChannel 13's Benita Zahn spoke with Dr. Eric Yager associate professor of microbiology at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

We discussed the fact the Yankees reportedly got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

Yager says while studies showed its ability to prevent infection wasn't as good as the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, it protects as well against severe disease.

Yager says there's a great body of data showing how the number of cases have dropped after vaccination in settings where transmission had been high like nursing homes and hospitals.

Yager says he wouldn't be surprised to see other breakthrough cases like this, especially in a group that travels extensively and works so closely together.

Hear why he says any vaccine you get, including Johnson & Johnson, can still make a significant difference by watching the video of Benita Zahn's story.


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