DETROIT (FOX 2) – Nearly 250 people who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have tested positive for the virus, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services said.
According to MDHHS, 246 people have tested positive 14 or more days after receiving their second dose of the vaccine in late March. People who tested positive have been asymptomatic or had milder symptoms compared to unvaccinated people.
So far, more than 1.7 million Michigan residents have received full doses of the vaccine.
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Of the positive cases, 129 did not have data entered on hospitalizations, while 117 did. Eleven were hospitalized, 103 were not, and three were marked as unknown.
This data contradicts a statement made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, she said last week.
“Zero percent of the people in our hospitals at this time have been vaccinated, indicating that the vaccines work,” he said.
Additionally, according to MDHHS, three people over the age of 65 have died. Two of those deaths occurred within three weeks of completion of vaccination.
Officials said the majority of the population develop full immunity within 14 days of completing their vaccine series, but a small proportion seem to take longer to get a full antibody response.
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The CDC is working to understand the risk characteristics of this group, MDHHS said.
The health department reiterated that the proportion of vaccinated people who have been symptomatic, hospitalized or have died is lower than those who are not vaccinated.
Additionally, health officials said that some of the people who tested positive for COVID after being vaccinated may have continued to test positive for a recent infection before being fully vaccinated.
Cases are being reviewed to determine if they meet other CDC criteria for determination of possible progression, including no positive antigen or a PCR test less than 45 days before the positive post-vaccination test.