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5% of Covid cases have been fully vaccinated - which is great news in a way!!

  • 16-07-2021 7:32am
    Registered Users Posts: 1,988 ✭✭✭ FileNotFound

    Was on google news this morning and came across the headline below.

    Now I know this headline was written to provide a bit of fear mongering but in reality it should do the exact opposite.

    Vaccine efficacy has been claimed in the 90+% dependent on vaccine so seeing 5% only would indicate that the vaccine is actually this effective. And then even when you do test positive the chances of negative outcomes are much reduced.

    I do hope others view it in the same light. At the same time people disinclined towards vaccination will use this in their favour.



  • Moderators, Regional Midwest Moderators Posts: 10,803 Mod ✭✭✭✭ MarkR

    It's not that 5% of vaccinated people got the virus, it's that 5% of all detections were in people who had been vaccinated.

  • Registered Users Posts: 645 ✭✭✭ Fred Cryton

    We also don't know were those 5% hospitalised because of Covid, or are we talking about 89 year olds who would would be in hospital anyway for other reasons who happen to also have Covid despite being fully vaccinated.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,104 ✭✭✭✭ Sleeper12

    If it is detected in a vaccinated person then doesn't that mean that they had covid?

    Slightly off topic but I heard on Pat Kenny that we've had one fully vaccinated person requiring hospital due to covid. I only mention this to warn vaccinated people like myself to be carefull. Great as the vaccine is don't be fooled into thinking it's 100%

  • Registered Users Posts: 163 ✭✭ headtheball14

    Every time something is published someone smells a conspiracy theory. Out of interest What is not being published you would like to know

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,365 ✭✭✭ Fandymo

    Did it give their age? Were they in hospital because of Covid, or were they in with a comorbidity, and tested positive for Covid? They never seem to give this info.

  • Registered Users Posts: 29,125 ✭✭✭✭ NIMAN

    For a long time we just got headlines figures of deaths and case numbers.

    But never a breakdown of how old those were dying, had they underlying conditions, were they vaccinated etc.

    And I am far from a conspiracy theorist btw, I am fully vaccinated since May, believe every adult should take it, and that a lot of the measures up to a certain point were the right thing to do. I just think how they have handled it in the last month or so has not be right, but thats a different argument.

    Last night RTE were creaming themselves over the 1000 new cases. They never want this to end.

  • Registered Users Posts: 11,706 ✭✭✭✭ Richard Hillman

    That dastardly HSE hack. Only seems to affect the numbers that won't make it seem bad. Death figures and average age of people testing positive. Those somehow went AWOL but all the other ones that NPHET like to use are fine.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,988 ✭✭✭ FileNotFound

    Well I have not heard many reports of covid related hospitalisation for vaccinated, think i heard one mentioned on the radio.

    But I am sure we will see some, thats probably just going to be a reality. We will even see someone vaccinated people pass from covid I am sure - my assurance based on the fact the vaccines are not 100% effective.

    I know it's 5% of tested but since we are testing like mad (think we have one of the highest rates of testing in the EU), it is nice to see that the figure is in line with what was thought.

    I agree more and accurate data would be great, but this does seem to indicate vaccine work and also that vaccinated people have to be somewhat careful.

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,104 ✭✭✭✭ Sleeper12

    It was a HSE guy on the program. They had a stay in hospital due to covid. So yes they tested positive for covid. That's all he said on it. No mention of ICU, age or anything like that. I can only assume they made a full recovery. He only mentioned it to show that you should still be carefull when fully vaccinated. For work I'm in 5 to 8 homes per day. I'm amazed at the amount of people that tell me I can remove my mask because everyone in the house is vaccinated. They have no regard about me being vaccinated or not or the possibility of them infecting me. There are a lot of people out there that don't fully understand what the vaccine does & doesn't do. Anyway that's a discussion for another day

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  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 30,943 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mickeroo

    Head of the HSE said none of the 5% were hospitalised yesterday on Matt Cooper.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭ Former Former Former

    The 5% figure came from the head of the HSE testing and tracing service. It does not reflect hospitalisations, it reflects the number of people who have tested positive.

    It is very likely that a good proportion of that 5% were not "fully vaccinated" at the time they contracted it. i.e. they were not 7/14 days post their second dose.

    Even if that's not the case, these numbers are very encouraging in regard to efficacy.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,293 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    are the HSE referring to people as 'vaccinated' only if they're fully vaccinated? i suspect they are; not that it really would change the message/good news.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,929 ✭✭✭ xabi

    95% of infections are in unvaccinated people

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,576 ✭✭✭ take everything

    If the figure is 5% then given that the pool of vaccinated people is less than the total population, this would mean the figure in a group of vaccinated people would be higher than 5%. Maybe 7-8% (depending on what the percentage of vaccinated people is).

    Edit: I think im wrong about this. Looks like it is indeed 5% risk of contracting Covid given we're at roughly equal percentage of vaccinated and unvaccinated now.

    Post edited by take everything on

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,576 ✭✭✭ take everything

    Given that it is "fully" vaccinated as per the thread title, that's actually more worrying tbh.

    Seeing that the pool of fully vaccinated people is just over 50% of the population (iirc).

    So looks like the risk is closer to 10% of contracting Covid if you're fully vaccinated.

    Crap. Not sure why people are touting it as great news tbh.

    Edit: having said that, that won't necessarily translate into hospitalisations or deaths. That will be the interesting figure in the coming months.

    Edit 2: I'm wrong about the percentage. It does look like 5% chance of contracting Covid since the pools of vaccinated and unvaccinated are equal at this point. Doesn't look like there's a delete option so I'll just leave it.

    I wouldn't mind a statistician weighing in here for full clarity. It's not as straightforward as I thought.

    Post edited by take everything on

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,586 ✭✭✭ Grumpypants

    It should read 95% of people getting covid are not vaccinated.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,477 ✭✭✭ irishgrover

    the actual article (as opposed to the OP) states

    "She said in the last few days about 5% of cases of Covid-19 involve people who were either fully or partially vaccinated."

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,849 ✭✭✭ lbj666

    So vacines that were said to be 95% efficacious in tests at best, are showing to be that way on the ground so far. Shock.

    As said a million times of these forums , your risk of hospitalisation is significantly reduced if you are vacinated but still contract covid compared if you were not vacinated. They provide a two level reduction in harm, 5% is just the first bit of that.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,725 ✭✭✭✭ wes

    This is good news, as more people get vaccinated, the risk will reduce further.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,576 ✭✭✭ take everything

    Actually I think I'm wrong about this. It is indeed looking like 5% chance of contracting Covid while vaccinated given the pools of fully vaccinated and unvaccinated are equal at this point.

    So I'll probably delete that post. Unless a statistician wants to weigh in.

  • Registered Users Posts: 4,445 ✭✭✭ elefant

    Post edited by elefant on

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 42,293 Mod ✭✭✭✭ magicbastarder

    the headline explicitly states fully vaccinated though, so there's going to be confusion there.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,860 ✭✭✭ Former Former Former

    In that article, the 5% figure is quoted from the same person in HSE as referring to fully vaccinated and fully or partially vaccinated people.

    If it's the latter, i.e. it includes partially vaccinated, then this is incredibly positive news. If it is only fully vaccinated, then it is merely very good news.

    There is no negative way to spin this.

  • Registered Users Posts: 163 ✭✭ headtheball14

    Yes they hid those details from us. Except in the weekly report on deaths published by the HSE on their website that gave those details

    Most of the data was out there if people looked

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,939 ✭✭✭ Wolf359f

    Normally I'd be cautious, as the fully vaccinated are the older population, they have always been last to reach a peak.

    It spreads from younger people into the older groups and so on (sons infecting parents, who infect grandparents etc...)

    But from the England data, the past 6 weeks, the 60+ have kept a steady percent, 5% of all cases are in 60+.

    Growing in 6 weeks from 4.17% to 5.39%.... it's almost like the 60+ group being vaccinated and mainly mixing among themselves has keep it contained.

    Which means NPHET's worst case model expecting pretty much all 60+ to be exposed and at risk of breakthrough infections is nonsense.

  • Registered Users Posts: 69 ✭✭ quinneerr

    You can see the way the wind is blowing, here is what i predict is going to happen around October to November

    The vaccines are clearly not anywhere near safe, too many reports are coming out of the adverse effect and deaths due to the vaccines.

    The powers that be will never admit this so need some other way to remove the vaccines from the market.

    We will see more and more vaccinated people get Covid, remember the PCR test are suspect at best, whatever results the governments want can be obtained by changing the cycles on the test.

    The vaccines will be hailed as a great success for standard Covid but not the new variants and will be fully withdrawn.

    Powers that be will get away with pushing a dangerous vaccine, making billions of dollars/euro and life will go on as Covid is taken off the news cycle and forgotten about by Christmas.

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