Moderation: Liane von Billerbeck

Vaccination protects – not always against infection, but against serious and fatal developments. (Imago / Bihlmayerfotografie)

Breakthroughs in vaccination do occur, but are very rare. Vaccination against Covid-19 mainly protects against severe and fatal developments and is therefore absolutely worth the effort, explains science editor Martin Mair.

Does a vaccine breakthrough mean vaccination was unnecessary?

“No,” says science editor Martin Mair. A vaccine breakthrough means that a person who has been vaccinated has been infected with the coronavirus. It was clear from the start that vaccines would not protect one hundred percent against infection, Mair said. This has already been shown in approval studies.

However, severe and even fatal developments are much less common in people who have been vaccinated than in people who have not been vaccinated, Mair explains.

The RKI is making such advances in immunization. Until August 17, 13,360 were counted there. By the way, they appear in all vaccines.

Are just over 13,000 vaccine discoveries a warning sign?

You can’t call it a “wake-up call,” says Mair. On the contrary: it shows that the vaccines are working very well, because 48 million Germans were fully vaccinated by that date.

“This is obviously a very rare event and, moreover, one can say it too: there are breakthroughs in vaccination much more often if one is not fully vaccinated,” said the science editor. . This means: the second vaccination should not be overlooked.

“And overall, we can also say that despite the much more contagious Delta variant, the vaccination ultimately offers very good protection,” says Mair.

How do the symptoms of Covid differ between those who have been vaccinated and those who have not?

A British study looked into this question. The result: Unvaccinated people mainly suffer from headaches and body aches, as well as persistent fever and cough.

In people who have been vaccinated, the symptoms are slightly different and milder, explains Mair. According to the study, patients mainly complain of sneezing and runny nose.

“I am a little cautious as to whether the symptoms really change schematically after vaccination, because the symptom picture could also have changed as it is now mainly younger people who are infected in Britain,” Mair points out. . It would also be a possible explanation.

Nonetheless, these are important observations: Even with mild symptoms, those vaccinated should think about Corona and, as a safety measure, get tested, advises Mair.

If I can get sick despite the vaccination, is it even worth it?

Absolutely, Mair thinks. Self-protection is the top priority so as not to obtain a serious or fatal outcome. Because even people who have been vaccinated can transmit the virus. Although the risk is not as great as with unvaccinated people, it can happen especially with the delta variant.

“This means that if you don’t get the vaccine, you will benefit from the vaccine, but there is a residual risk,” says Mair. This is why vaccination offers above all good self-protection.