The Washington Department of Health said Monday that it is investigating reports of so-called "vaccine breakthrough" cases, where people tested positive for COVID-19 more than two weeks after becoming fully vaccinated.
The DOH maintained that the 102 people account for just 0.01% of the 1 million Washington residents that have been fully vaccinated against COVID.
However, asking about the minister receiving a vaccine shot at his residence, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said that it is not allowed in the protocol.
On Thursday, April 1, the FDA announced that it has ruled that Moderna can put 50 percent more vaccine dosages in each vial, moving from 10 doses each to 15, which will allow for a more expeditious rollout of the vaccine. "If I go to the hospital to get vaccinated, the people who were already there for the vaccination jab will have to wait".
According to officials, "Moderna is continually learning, adapting and working closely with its partners and the US government to identify ways to facilitate accelerated vaccine administration, address bottlenecks and accelerate production".
The cumulative number of coronavirus vaccine doses administered in the country crossed seven crore with 12,76,191 doses given till 8 pm on Friday, the Health Ministry said as India registered this year's highest single day rise of 81,466 infections. "People should still get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible, and encourage friends, loved ones, and co-workers to do the same".
"Finding evidence of vaccine breakthrough cases reminds us that, even if you have been vaccinated, you still need to wear a mask, practice socially distancing, and wash your hands to prevent spreading COVID-19 to others who have not been vaccinated", said Shah.
"DOH is investigating two potential vaccine breakthrough cases where the patients died".
The government, which does not charge for Covid-19 shots, will be the sole agent of vaccination until further notice, he said.
On Wednesday, vaccine eligibility opened up to another 2 million Washingtonians, as the state moved into Phase 1B, tiers 3 and 4.