Michigan Surpasses 70% Vaccinated Milestone For Michiganders Ages 16 and Older
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, or MDHHS, announced Monday that Michigan has reached the state’s 70% goal of eligible Michiganders ages 16 and older receiving at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Currently, nearly 5.7 million Michiganders have received at least one dose of the vaccine since the first doses became available.
“We know the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are our way out of the pandemic,” stated Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, chief medical executive at MDHHS. “Vaccines are how we prevent infectious variants from spreading and threatening 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 administered vaccines these past many months. We also thank Michiganders who have done their part to keep their families and communities safe by getting vaccinated.”
According to the MDHHS, Michigan’s objective remains to get as many Michiganders vaccinated as possible. They say from Jan. to Oct., unvaccinated Michiganders accounted for 93.1% of COVID cases, 90.7% of hospitalizations and 90.5% of deaths.
They say as more Michiganders become vaccinated, it is less likely that the virus will circulate and mutate, avoiding the development of more transmissible and vaccine-resistant variants in the future.
“This is great news and we have been looking forward to surpassing this milestone since the vaccines became available,” said MDHHS director Elizabeth Hertel. “We urge Michiganders who are eligible to get vaccinated as soon as possible and to continue practices we know help stop the spread of COVID-19, including wearing masks and social distancing. The vaccine continues to be how we will return to normalcy in the state, and we thank all of those who have done their part to end this pandemic.”
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