The Seychelles is 60% vaccinated, but still infections are rising. That's not as bad as it sounds

While other nations struggle to secure enough vaccines, the Seychelles is in the enviable position of having already fully immunized more than 61.4% of the population.
The situation in SeychellesJust over a month ago, the Seychelles was so confident with its Covid-19 handling that it dropped restrictions for most tourists.
Of all fully vaccinated people, 57% received Sinopharm, which was given to those ages 18 to 60, while 43% took Covishield, which was given to those over 60.
Almost none of the critical and severe cases requiring intensive care had been vaccinated, and no one who has been vaccinated has died of Covid-19.
CNN has reached out to the Seychelles Ministry of Health and the Health Care Agency for comment.
What this tells us about vaccinesTo some, vaccinated people getting sick with Covid seems to suggest the vaccines aren't working.
But local authorities, experts and the World Health Organization (WHO) say the Seychelles' experience is broadly in line with expectations.
President of Seychelles Wavel Ramkalawan receives the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the Seychelles Hospital in Victoria on January 10, 2021.
If the variant first identified in South Africa is widespread, though, that could impact vaccine efficacy.
Herd immunity would be reached faster in countries using vaccines with a higher efficacy rate, she said.
Herd immunity would be reached faster in countries using vaccines with a higher efficacy rate, she said.
Stanford's Lin agreed: "You can't just throw away the public health playbook once you've vaccinated 60% of your population."
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