Latest numbers show over seven thousand fully-vaccinated Minnesotans have still become ill with COVID — what are called “breakthrough cases” — but state officials say that remains a low rate.  State Health Commissioner Jan Malcolm says:

“It does appear that there are more breakthrough cases with delta (variant) than with the earlier strains.”

But lead infectious-disease epidemiologist Kris Ehresmann  says despite that…

“The vaccines continue to do the job that we need them to do, and that is to prevent severe disease, hospitalization and death.”

Officials say the best way to tamp down the resurgence of COVID is for more Minnesotans to be vaccinated.  Governor Tim Walz announced yesterday (Sun) a one-week extension of the 100-dollar vaccination incentive program through August 22nd.

Ehresmann:

“Although we are seeing a slightly greater proportion of breakthrough cases, the vaccines are continuing to do their job.  We’re seeing good protection against severe disease, hospitalization and death.”