Michigan vaccinates 70% of people aged 16 and older against COVID-19 – Community News

Michigan vaccinates 70% of people aged 16 and older against COVID-19

In the spring, the idea of ​​vaccinating 70% of Michigan residents over the age of 16 against COVID-19 was one that would lift restrictions. In June, however, those orders were lifted with just over 50% vaccinated. Now, less than a year after the first vaccine dose was available less than a year ago, Michigan has passed the 70% partially vaccinated milestone.

On Monday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced that 5.7 million residents have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We know that the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are our way out of the pandemic,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, MDHHS medical director. “Vaccines are how we prevent infectious variants from spreading and threaten our ability to contain the pandemic. 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 worked in recent years. months of vaccines. We also thank Michiganders who have done their part to keep their families and communities safe by getting vaccinated.”

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MDHHS said it is not done to distribute vaccines and want to vaccinate as many people as possible against the virus. Between January and October, unvaccinated Michiganders accounted for 93.1% of all cases, 90.7% of hospitalizations and 90.5% of all deaths.

“This is great news and we look forward to surpassing this milestone since the vaccines became available,” said MDHHS Director Elizabeth Hertel. “We are urging eligible Michiganders to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to continue practices we know will help stop the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks and social distancing. vaccine remains how we will return to normality in the state, and we thank everyone who has done their part to end this pandemic.”

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