Over 200 people in Michigan have contracted the coronavirus after receiving their COVID-19 vaccine, including three people who have died from the virus.

Health officials confirmed that as many as 246 Michiganders who were fully vaccinated tested positive for the virus from Jan. 1 to March 31 – at least two weeks after their last dose of the vaccine.

Lynn Sutfin, a spokeswoman for Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services, told The Detroit News, “Some of these individuals may ultimately be excluded from this list due to continuing to test positive from a recent infection prior to being fully vaccinated.

These cases are undergoing further review to determine if they meet other CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] criteria for determination of potential breakthrough, including the absence of a positive antigen or PCR test less than 45 days prior to the post-vaccination positive test.”

Health officials confirmed that three people died from the virus. Sutfin told The Detroit News that the individuals were all 65 and older with two being “within three weeks of completion of vaccination.”

“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. CDC is actively working to better understand the risk characteristics of this group,” she said.

Sutfin told the news outlet that hospitalization data was provided in 117 cases – 11 people were hospitalized while 103 were not, and three were reported as unknown. A total of 129 cases had incomplete data.

The breakthrough cases are not unexpected as positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported after full vaccination.

In Washington, over 100 residents contracted the virus after being vaccinated. Another instance of virus contagion occurred among three people after vaccination in Hawaii. In Minnesota, 89 residents tested positive after being inoculated with the COVID shot.

The news of vaccine recipients testing positive for the virus comes as Michigan surges past 700,000 positive cases of the coronavirus, according to data by Johns Hopkins University.

As of April 4, the state has vaccinated approximately 2.95 million residents or 36.5% of its population.

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The AstraZeneca vaccine is pictured. AFP / Martin BUREAU