STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — As new coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination mandates kick in, and an increasing number of New Yorkers get their first shot, the city continues to track vaccine effectiveness by recording the number of inoculated people who are catching the virus.

Medical experts have always said that COVID-19 infections in people who are vaccinated — commonly called breakthrough cases — are expected, but that in most instances the illness will be less severe.

According to the city, from Aug. 23 to Sept. 19 (the most recent data available), for every 100,000 vaccinated New Yorkers, there have been an average of 73 new cases per week.

In the same period, for every 100,000 unvaccinated residents there have been 391 average weekly cases, a rate more than five times

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