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Nebraska confirms first COVID-19 death of fully vaccinated person

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KTIV) - Nebraska health officials have confirmed the death of an individual who died from COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services says a woman in her 80s with underlying medical conditions developed COVID-19 and was hospitalized. When she was hospitalized it had already been 14 days after completing her vaccination series with the Pfizer vaccine.

Health officials say only one death due to COVID-19 after completing a vaccination series has been identified in Nebraska. Of the over 2,200 people that have died from COVID-19 in Nebraska, officials say only one of these individuals had been fully vaccinated.

“We are saddened to learn of this occurrence. While no deaths occurred in vaccinated individuals in the clinical trials, we understand that no vaccine or medication is 100% effective when used by millions of people," said Nebraska's Chief Medical Officer Dr. Gary Anthone. "This does not negate the importance of vaccination and all of the positive effects of vaccination. Our state is approaching 50% of the total population being fully vaccinated and we need to keep that momentum. All Nebraskans who can get vaccinated should do so as soon as possible.

Health officials for Nebraska say the weekly deaths due to the virus appear to be the lowest they've been since March 2020. The state's health department says the vaccines likely played the biggest role in the decline.

Despite COVID-19 cases declining in long-term care facilities, health officials say a small number of elderly patients may not be able to mount a strong immune response to the virus.

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