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In Michigan, 246 people get sick with COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated: three have died

Michigan data shows 246 residents tested positive for COVID-19 more than two weeks after being fully vaccinated against the virus that causes it. Three of the patients died. Writes about it The Epoch Times.

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Possible cases of so-called vaccine breakthroughs were reported between January 1 and March 31.

Eleven residents were hospitalized and three died, a Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDDHS) spokesman said. All of the deceased were 65 years of age or older.

Cases are identified through weekly data reviews of all confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases. Officials compare the data with the records of each person who has been fully vaccinated.

Full vaccination means that it has been two weeks since the person received two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson's single dose.

“These are people who tested positive 14 days or more after the last dose of the vaccine. These cases are undergoing further review to determine if they meet other CDC criteria for determining a potential breakthrough, said a spokesman for the state health department. - Over 1,7 million Michigan residents completed COVID-19 vaccinations. Some of these cases may be excluded as a result of additional investigation. "

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According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Pfizer vaccine is rated 95% effective in preventing severe symptoms of COVID-19, while Moderna is 94% effective and Johnson & Johnson is approximately 67% effective.

“While the majority of the population develops full immunity within 14 days of completing a series of vaccinations, some apparently take longer to achieve a full immune response,” an MDHHS spokesman said. - We expect to see new cases with any vaccination, including all COVID-19 vaccinations. The number of potential cases identified to date does not exceed what would be expected from a 95% efficacy vaccine. Studies show that even if vaccinated people become infected, the likelihood of severe illness requiring hospitalization or leading to death is much lower. ”

Officials say the possibility of serious illness still exists, which is why they urge Michigan residents to continue to take precautions in public places, such as wearing masks, washing hands, and maintaining social distancing even after being fully vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is creating a new website to provide more information on investigating serious illnesses. The site is expected to be operational within the next few weeks. Michigan officials said it will include data for all states.

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer told reporters that "there are now zero percent of people vaccinated in our hospitals, which means the vaccines are working."

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Whitmer said at a press conference on April 6: The level of effectiveness means that some people who receive the vaccines will not have full protection.

“We're delving into the numbers for the vaccine breakthrough cases,” she explained. “However, we know that this vaccine can save your life. This is a virus, and none of us knows how our body will react to it. For many, it has become fatal or destructive, and for many, we still do not know how long this virus will affect them. So this vaccine is still the best way to protect yourself. "

Dr. Joni Haldan, the state's chief medical officer, said vaccines "are some of the best remedies we have."

“We now have vaccines that are more than 95% effective. And even if you become infected with COVID-19 after vaccination, it is unlikely that you will go to the hospital or die, ”she said.

In other states, there were also cases of "breakthrough". Washington state officials said they found evidence of 102 such cases, of which eight patients required hospitalization and two died.

In a letter published March 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine, a group of doctors from California reported that of the 36 healthcare workers who were tested after receiving one or two doses of COVID-659 vaccine, 19 tested positive at least 379 hours after vaccination. , 37 of them tested positive after two shots, mostly within two weeks after the second injection.

"The rarity of positive test results 14 days after the second dose of vaccine is encouraging," the doctors wrote.

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