At least 246 people in Michigan who were fully immunized against COVID-19 tested positive for the virus, tested positive for coronavirus, and three 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 the first state to report ‘breakthrough cases’ that occur when people test positive for the virus at least 14 days after receiving their last dose of the vaccine.
All of the vaccines approved for emergency use – Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson – are between 72 and 95 percent effective.
This means that between five and 28 percent of people being vaccinated can still get sick, which officials say is serious but not surprising.
They say it also stresses the need for masks and other public health measures until enough of the population has been vaccinated to achieve herd immunity.
So far, about 2.95 million residents, about 36.5 percent of the state’s population, have received at least one dose, and 1
At least 246 people in Michigan who were fully immunized with the COVID-19 vaccine have tested positive for coronavirus, and three have died. The picture: A healthcare professional administers the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in Benton Harbor Michigan, March 9
So far, about 2.95 million residents have received at least one dose, and 1.8 million Michiganders are fully vaccinated (above)
‘Although significantly less likely, it is still possible to infect the virus after being vaccinated,’ Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, told The Destroit New.
Studies show that even if vaccinated people become ill, they are far less likely to experience serious illness that requires hospitalization or results in death.
Sutfin said the cases were reported between January 1 and March 31.
‘Some of these individuals may eventually be excluded from this list due to continued positive testing from a recent infection before full vaccination,’ she said.
These cases are further reviewed to determine if they meet other CDC criteria for determining potential breakthrough, including the absence of a positive antigen or PCR test less than 45 days before the positive post-vaccination test.
‘In general, these individuals have been more likely to be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic compared to vaccinated individuals.’
According to the department, 11 people out of the 246 breakthrough cases tested positive.
Sutfin says all three people who died were 65 years or older, and two out of three had had their final dose within three weeks of their death.
‘While the majority of the population develops full immunity within 14 days of completing their vaccine series, it appears that a small proportion take longer to mount a full antibody response,’ she said.
The CDC is actively working to better understand the risk characteristics of this group
The news comes when Michigan reported a record number of coronavirus cases.
Officials recorded 11,082 COVID-19 cases, surpassing the previous daily high of 10,140 hits on November 20, bringing the total case load to 779,974.
This makes The Great Lake State the only state to report more than 7,000 new infections on Monday.
In addition, the seven-day rolling average has risen from about 1,800 new infections a day to over 6,700 cases a day.
Last week, Whitmer announced that she was doubling the state’s vaccination target from administering 50,000 shots each to 100,000 a day.
An average of about three million adults are vaccinated every day, with a single day total reaching four million over the weekend.
It comes as President Joe Biden is ready to announce Tuesday that he is updating the deadline for states to make all adults eligible for coronavirus vaccines by April 19, two weeks earlier than the original deadline on May 1.
“We are still very much in this pandemic, but we have learned an enormous amount about how we can protect ourselves and our loved ones,” Sutfin was quoted as saying by the Detroit Free Press.
‘Therefore, every Michigander has a personal responsibility to do their part by wearing a mask, washing hands and maintaining social distance to help us slow down the spread of this virus.