Highly Vaccinated but Still Battered by Omicron

Puerto Rico has been a model for handling Covid-19 in the US with a 78% vaccination rate and one of the lowest death rates. 

But Omicron has driven a nearly 600% surge in hospitalizations, inundating its overtaxed health system.

Factors in play: 

  • Vaccinated people are lowering their guard. People are tired and consider Omicron “mild.”
  • Most people in Puerto Rico haven’t received a booster shot, allowing Omicron to spread more easily. 
  • Holiday gatherings, which in Puerto Rico last into January, worsened transmission. 


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