EL PASO, Texas — The El Paso Department of Public Health disclosed Wednesday that seven El Pasoans had died over the past two weeks from Covid-19 despite having been fully vaccinated.
However, officials said all of the deceased did suffer from underlying health conditions and included:
- 1 man in his 50s
- 1 woman in her 50s
- 1 man in his 60s
- 2 women in their 60s
- 1 man in his 70s
- 1 man in his 90s
Despite those seven vaccinated deaths out of roughly 30 virus fatalities reported since July 8, officials stressed that getting vaccinated is still the best way to protect against Covid-19.
“The important thing to remember is we need not to forget that any vaccine is going to see a breakthrough case and depending on the person, the pre-existing conditions, and other factors associated to the patient, might make it more prone to develop complications and pass away,” El Paso City/County Health Authority Dr. Hector Ocaranza told reporters during a briefing on Wednesday afternoon.
Ocaranza added that while none of the vaccines will make a person 100% immune to the coronavirus, getting vaccinated does greatly decrease your chances of having severe symptoms, being hospitalized and dying.
Health leaders didn't indicate which vaccine(s) the seven deceased victims had received.
Complete El Paso health department data on Covid-19 can be found online at EPstrong.org.