People who were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 accounted for only 1.2% of all COVID-19 deaths in England in the first seven months of 2021, according to a new analysis.
According to the figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on Sept. 13, most of the fully vaccinated people who died from COVID-19 were infected before they had received the two doses or had tested positive for the virus within 14 days of their second dose.
Of the 51,281 COVID-19 deaths between Jan. 2 and July 2 in England, 640 (1.2%) were fully vaccinated people, including those infected before getting both doses.
Some 458 (0.8%) fully vaccinated people died 21 days or more after getting the second dose.
Meanwhile, 256 (0.5%) people who were both fully vaccinated and had their first PCR test at least 14 days after the second dose died, which ONS called “breakthrough deaths.”
“Some deaths are expected in vaccinated individuals as the number of people who are vaccinated is high and no vaccine is 100% effective,” ONS said.
However, ONS noted that the figures are proof of the success of the vaccine program because they show that the risk of death from COVID-19 was consistently lower for fully vaccinated people compared to those who only had one dose or no vaccination at all.