According to a new study that looked at the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection in a federal prison in Texas, where most inmates were vaccinated, people who were vaccinated can still produce high levels of COVID-19 transmissions.
Delta transfers in prison
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report Tuesday of a study of the COVID-19 outbreak among people incarcerated in a federal prison in Texas. According to the team behind the study, they found that transmission rates were high among people in prison, and this was mainly due to the Delta variant.
The incarcerated population reportedly had “disproportionately higher rates of infection” despite 185 of the 233 or 79% of inmates being fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. About 74% or 172 inmates contracted the virus, as indicated in the study. Of the 42 unvaccinated people, 39 were affected by the delta variant. On the other hand, 129 out of 185 fully vaccinated people became infected.
Impact of the new study
The CDC found that although more vaccinated inmates were affected by the outbreak compared to unvaccinated inmates, “the duration of positive serial test results was similar for both groups”. The health department also pointed out that of the four people admitted to the hospital, three were unvaccinated and the one who reported a death during the study was also unvaccinated.
After analyzing the data, the CDC said the results indicate the potential for delta variant outbreaks in community facilities, including correctional facilities, even though most people in those locations were vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2. It also reiterates the agency’s call for masks to be worn and to be physically distant in indoor public spaces even after vaccination, according to CNBC.
A similar outbreak
The reported outbreak at the unnamed federal prison mirrors a similar incident in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in July. The small town on the northern tip of Cape Cod is known for hosting a huge July 4th celebration every year, and this year was no different, despite the ongoing pandemic.
Due to the long line of parties and festivities in the city, a total of 934 people contracted COVID-19. According to KSLA News 12, about three-quarters of the cases were people who were fully vaccinated. The sudden outbreak forced local officials to issue a public health advisory service that quickly escalated into a citywide health mandate.