LANSING, Michigan: Michigan health officials report that there have been 246 cases of fully vaccinated people contracting COVID-19.
Three of these people have died.
"These are individuals who have had a positive test 14 or more days after the last dose in the vaccine series," said Lynn Sutfin, a spokesperson for the state health department.
However, officials noted that of the 246 people, some had contracted the coronavirus before being vaccinated and continued to test positive two weeks after being inoculated.
Of 117 people of the vaccinated people who contracted the Covid virus, 11 required hospitalization.
Officials added that of the three fully vaccinated people who died, they were 65 years or older and were within three weeks of having been fully vaccinated.
"While the majority of the population develops full immunity within 14 days of completion of their vaccine series, a small proportion appear to take longer to mount a full antibody response," Sutfin said. "CDC is actively working to better understand the risk characteristics of this group.
"It is important to reiterate that, while the overall numbers of potential breakthrough cases are low, the proportions of those symptomatic, hospitalized, and who died are all lower than those who are unvaccinated."
Despite vaccines being rolled out, hospitalizations have soared and ICU (intensive care units) are near capacity. According to John Hopkins University, as of Saturday (10 April 2021) 53,265 new cases were reported over the previous week, taking the state's total to 812,865. 285 people have died of the virus in the past week, taking the total number of deaths in the state to 17,479.
"A year in, we all know what works and this has to be a team effort," Michigan's Governor Gretchen Whitmer said Saturday. "We have to do this together. Lives depend on it."