What the data says about how effective the COVID vaccine is in Michigan

Health officials say 246 fully-vaccinated people contracted COVID-19

Health officials say 246 people in Michigan have contracted COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated
Health officials say 246 people in Michigan have contracted COVID-19 after being fully vaccinated

DETROIT – The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines had efficacy rates in their initial trials of roughly 95 percent, which offers excellent but not perfect protection.

Now that the vaccines have been given to millions of people, there is more real world information on their effectiveness.

Early on, there were sporadic reports of people developing COVID despite being fully vaccinated. More consistent data is appearing on real world effectiveness of the vaccines.

Washington State reported about 100 COVID cases out of 1.2 million vaccinated people. Minnesota reported 222 cases in 1.8 million vaccinations.

Michigan health officials have identified 246 fully vaccinated individuals who have contracted COVID-19 in the state. Fully vaccinated means they tested positive for COVID 14 or more days after receiving the last dose in the vaccine series.

In that time roughly 1.7 million Michigan residents completed their COVID-19 vaccine. That means the 246 cases represent a .01 percent of those who were vaccinated.

Officials said of the 246 cases, 11 people were hospitalized and three people died. So far, they have only completed 117 investigations out of the 246 cases.

Local 4′s Dr. Frank McGeorge has more information on what we’ve learned about the effectiveness of the vaccines in Michigan. Watch the video above for the full story.

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About the Authors:

Dr. McGeorge can be seen on Local 4 News helping Metro Detroiters with health concerns when he isn't helping save lives in the emergency room at Henry Ford Hospital.

Kayla is a Web Producer for ClickOnDetroit. Before she joined the team in 2018 she worked at WILX in Lansing as a digital producer.