MIAMI – A Miami-Dade County commissioner stayed in the hospital Tuesday after reporting symptoms of COVID. It is still unclear whether he was the victim of the new, more contagious Delta variety, the dominant strain in the US
Jose “Pepe” Diaz, the chairman of the commission, and Isidoro Lopez, his chief of staff, tested positive. Diaz checked into Jackson Memorial Hospital.
Diaz and Lopez were both vaccinated against COVID-19. They had worked near the Miami-Dade County Mayoress Daniella Levine Cava, search parties, and other leaders on the Surfside building collapse site.
Dr. Aileen Marty, an infectious disease expert at Florida International University, said those who are vaccinated should continue to be cautious. She said COVID-19 vaccines are effective, but there are some people who still get sick despite being fully vaccinated.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention refer to this as Breakthrough in vaccines and the agency is working with state and local health authorities to identify patterns.
On July 6, the CDC received reports of 5,186 patients with breakthrough COVID-19 vaccine infections. according to to the CDC, 4,909 were hospitalized and 988 died.
Marty said this shouldn’t stop anyone from getting the COVID vaccine as it still protects against hospitalization.
“The vaccine is a way to prep your body,” Marty said, comparing it to preparing for hurricane season.
Erin Michelle Newberg, a Miami-Dade County resident, said she received the Pfizer vaccine months ago and was diagnosed with COVID last week. Israeli researchers found that the Pfizer vaccine against Delta infections is less effective.
“So many of you have said that your friends who are annoyed are sick,” Newberg wrote on Instagram. “Yes. This vax allegedly alleviates the symptoms. Wrong. At least not for me.”
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