More than 277,000 COVID-19 cases among people who received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine were reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2021 but not disclosed to the public, newly obtained files show.
Partially vaccinated has been defined by the CDC as having received at least one dose of a vaccine. People were described as fully vaccinated if at least 14 days had elapsed since they completed a primary series.
The Moderna and Pfizer primary series consisted of two doses, while Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine consisted of one dose.
The cases were recorded in California, Maryland, New York, Texas, and 28 other jurisdictions in April 2021, May 2021, and June 2021 and reported to the CDC.
The CDC never disclosed the numbers to the public.
That recommendation is “because only people that have received all of the recommended primary series doses and have had the required duration of time to form a protective immunological response after vaccination (14 days, per the definition) would be expected to receive the full benefit of the COVID-19 vaccination,” according to the CDC.
“In general, the immunological response to a primary vaccination series usually takes 2–4 weeks. Only partial protection is provided to partially vaccinated persons,” the agency stated.
The CDC stopped reporting post-vaccination infections among the fully vaccinated, or breakthrough cases, in May 2021, after disclosing that 10,262 breakthrough infections were reported to the agency by 46 jurisdictions through April 30, 2021.
The agency noted that 995 of the cases resulted in hospitalization and 160 resulted in death.
It isn’t clear how many infections in the partially vaccinated that the CDC didn’t disclose earlier led to hospitalization or death.
“CDC made the change to the definition of a breakthrough infection time period due to the most current data that showed that the 14-day period was required for an effective antibody response to the vaccines,” a CDC spokesman told The Epoch Times recently via email.
The CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases falsely stated in the new letter that it never changed the definition.
“Since COVID-19 vaccine breakthrough surveillance began (January 2021), the definition of a breakthrough infection has been the same,” the center claimed.
Hid Other Cases
Another 133,000 post-vaccination cases occurred among Medicare beneficiaries through September 2021, according to Humetrix, a contractor that analyzed the data. The case count excluded partially vaccinated people.
Humetrix provided the data to the CDC in August 2021, according to other documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
The meetings resulted in the approval of Pfizer’s vaccine and the authorization of a Pfizer booster. The CDC then recommended both for wide swaths of the U.S. population.
The CDC declined to comment on withholding the Humetrix data.