Breakthrough: When the fully vaccinated get COVID-19 anyway

Fully vaccinated people are getting breakthrough COVID-19 cases with increasing frequency. (Melissa Melvin, AP Images)

When summer began, delta was still just an airline. Coronavirus restrictions had vanished and fully vaccinated folks felt liberated — hopping on planes to visit loved ones, munching popcorn in real movie theaters, peeling masks off with the giddy confidence that looser public health recommendations gave them.

It felt, for a blissful few weeks, that the COVID-19 shots were like armored shields, protecting them.

“We were told these vaccines were like unicorn farts,” said Andrew Noymer, an epidemiologist and demographer at UCI Irvine. “The CDC missed another opportunity

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