Why won’t Florida, CDC release state’s breakthrough COVID data?

For more than two months, the Tampa Bay Times and other news organizations have been asking Florida for data that breaks down how many vaccinated people have been infected, hospitalized or died of COVID-19.

They are called “breakthrough” cases, data that would show how effectively the vaccine has protected Floridians — and how vulnerable the unvaccinated are.

But the Florida Department of Health has continually refused those requests, citing what public health and legal experts say are misplaced privacy concerns.