Credit: (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)File photo: A nurse prepares a dose of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 infections in people already vaccinated against the coronavirus appear to be extremely rare in New Jersey, according to new state data that suggests COVID-19 vaccines protect the vast majority of people from infection and severe illness.

State health officials announced Wednesday that of the nearly 2.2 million people vaccinated against COVID-19 in the first four months of New Jersey’s vaccination program, 1,319 had later been diagnosed with the virus, meaning 0.06% were subject to so-called breakthrough infection. That means 99.94% of the immunized individuals did not get infected, a level slightly higher than those recorded in the most successful clinical trials of the inoculations.

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