State health officials say 246 Michigan residents contracted Covid-19 after they were fully vaccinated. The residents contracted the coronavirus between January and March. Three people died, as a result.
“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.
Health officials say fully vaccinated people can still contract the virus. A study is ongoing to determine whether fully vaccinated people can transmit the virus to others.
“While it is significantly less likely, it is still possible to contract the virus after being vaccinated,” Sutfin told MSN. “Studies indicate that even if vaccinated people do become ill, they are far less likely to experience severe illness requiring hospitalization or resulting in death.
The CDC and Sutfin recommends wearing face masks and socially distancing for those who’ve received the vaccine.
“[T]he possibility of infection and further transmission is why we continue to encourage Michiganders to take precautions while out in public, including wearing masks, washing hands and social distancing, even after receiving the vaccine until more Michiganders have been able to be vaccinated.”
Suftin said the three fully vaccinated people who died were all ages 65 and older. Two of them were within three weeks of receiving their second dose of mRNA vaccine.