At least 246 people in Michigan who have been fully immune to COVID-19, tested positive for the virus, have tested positive for the coronavirus and three have died.
No identifying information was available for the three people who died, except that they were 65 years of age or older.
This makes Michigan one of the first states to report “groundbreaking cases,” which occur when people test positive for the virus at least 14 days after receiving their last dose of the vaccine.
All vaccines approved for emergency use authorizations – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – are between 72 and 95 percent effective.
This means that between five and 28 percent of those vaccinated can still get sick, which authorities say is serious but not surprising.
They say it also highlights the fact that masks and other public health measures are needed until enough of the population is vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.
So far, around 2.95 million people, or about 36.5% of the state’s population, have received at least one dose and 1.8 million Michiganders are fully vaccinated.
At least 246 people in Michigan, who were fully immune with the COVID-19 vaccine, have tested positive for the coronavirus and three have died. Pictured: A healthcare worker administers the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Benton Harbor, Mich., March 9
So far, around 2.95 million people have received at least one dose and 1.8 million Michiganders are fully vaccinated (above)
“Although it’s much less likely, it’s still possible to contract the virus after being vaccinated,” said Lynn Sutfin, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at Destroit New.
“Studies indicate that even though people who get vaccinated get sick, they are much less likely to have a serious illness that requires hospitalization or results in death.
Sutfin said the cases were reported between Jan.1 and March 31.
“Some of these people could ultimately be excluded from this list due to the fact that they continue to test positive for a recent infection before they are fully vaccinated,” she said.
“These cases are under further scrutiny to determine if they meet other CDC criteria for determining a potential breakthrough, including the absence of a positive antigen or test.” PCR less than 45 days before the positive post-vaccination test.
“In general, these people are more likely to be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic than people who have been vaccinated.”
According to the department, 11 people out of the 246 revolutionary cases have tested positive.
Sutfin says the three people who died were 65 or older and two in three had received their last dose within three weeks of their deaths.
“While the majority of the population develops full immunity within 14 days of completing their vaccine series, a small proportion appears to take longer to mount a full antibody response,” she said.
‘CDC is actively working to better understand the risk characteristics of this group
The news comes as Michigan has reported a record number of coronavirus cases.
Authorities have recorded 11,082 cases of COVID-19, surpassing the previous daily record of 10,140 reached on November 20 and bringing the total number of cases to 779,974.
That makes the Great Lakes state the only state to report more than 7,000 new infections on Monday.
In addition, the seven-day moving average has skyrocketed from around 1,800 new infections per day to over 6,700 cases per day.
Last week, Whitmer announced it was doubling the state’s immunization target from 50,000 injections to 100,000 per day.
On average, around three million adults are vaccinated each day, with one-day totals reaching four million over the weekend.
It comes as President Joe Biden is set to announce on Tuesday that he is updating the state deadline to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines to April 19, two weeks before the original deadline of the May 1.
“We are still very much involved in this pandemic, but we have learned a tremendous amount about how to protect ourselves and our loved ones,” Sutfin said, according to the Detroit Free Press.
That’s why every Michigander has a personal responsibility to do their part by wearing a mask, washing their hands and maintaining social distancing to help us slow the spread of this virus.