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Growing COVID strain may be more likely to infect the vaccinated, those who've already had virus, NYC health officials say

Pedestrians in New York City on Dec. 12, 2022 (Photo by Fatih Aktas/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

A growing COVID strain — Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 — may be more likely to infect the vaccinated and those who've already had the virus, New York City health officials tweeted Friday.

"Omicron subvariant XBB.1.5 now accounts for 73% of all sequenced COVID-19 cases in NYC," the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene said. "XBB.1.5 is the most transmissible form of COVID-19 that we know of to date and may be more likely to infect people who have been vaccinated or already had COVID-19."

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