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University Of Arizona Expert: Vaccinated People Still Need To Be Careful About COVID-19

As of Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s statistics show that over 50% of adults in America have gotten at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine.

However, the University of Arizona’s Dr. Shad Marvasti says it’s important to remember that it’s still possible to get COVID-19, even after vaccination.

"Right now, we still have too much COVID in our community. And the reason for that is, not enough people have been vaccinated fully, and we’ve already let down our guard by making us vulnerable by a lack of mask mandates and people gathering,” said Marvasti. 

Marvasti says the odds of infection after-vaccination are on a par with the measles vaccine, which has a 98% protection rate.

According to Marvasti, only 5,800 of the 72 million fully vaccinated people in America have been infected with COVID-19 after being vaccinated, and only 7% of those infected have required hospitalization.

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Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.