Michigan surpasses 70% vaccinated for ages 16 and older

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced on Monday that the state has reached its 70% goal of eligible residents ages 16 and older getting at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Almost 5.7 million Michiganders have gotten at least one dose since the vaccine became available.

It’s important to take a moment to celebrate the hard work of those who have developed these vaccines, as well as those who have administered vaccines these past many months, said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, chief medical executive at MDHHS. “We also thank Michiganders who have done their part to keep their families and communities safe by getting vaccinated.”

From January to October, unvaccinated Michiganders have accounted for 93.1% of COVID cases, 90.7% of hospitalizations, and 90.5% of deaths.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive directive in October to expedite the ordering and distribution of the Pfizer pediatric vaccine for children ages five to 11 in the state.

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