What are the statistics on getting COVID-19 if you get the vaccine or data on breakthrough infections?

So far, reports to the CDC of breakthrough infections are exceedingly rare.

Starting May 1, 2021, CDC transitioned from monitoring all reported vaccine breakthrough cases to focus on identifying and investigating only hospitalized or fatal cases due to any cause.

  • As of May 17, 2021, more than 123 million people in the United States had been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • 1,949 people with breakthrough infections were known to be hospitalized or died.

It is important to note that reported vaccine breakthrough cases will represent an undercount (due to voluntary reporting and lack of testing in asymptomatic/mild illness). However, overall, this data is extremely positive.


Updated: May 27, 2021