Gov sets goals for lifting of restrictions
LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the first benchmarks for a return to normal by unveiling the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan as the state continues to push toward its goal of vaccinating 70% of Michigan residents ages 16 years or older. Recently, Michigan reached another vaccination milestone in record time -- administering more than six million doses of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, with the latest one million doses being administered in 11 days
The ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan will use four vaccination-based milestones -- using data for residents 16 years or older who’ve received their first dose -- to guide future steps required to get back to normal:
To date, Michigan has administered 6,657,997 vaccines. Currently, 48.8% of residents ages 16 and older have received at least one dose, with 35.9% percent of ages 16 and older being fully vaccinated, moving the state closer to its goal of vaccinating at least 70% of residents ages 16 and older as soon as possible.
“The safe and effective vaccine is the most important tool we have to reduce the spread of COVID-19” said Dr Joneigh Khaldun chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at MDHHS. “By getting shots in their arms as soon as possible, Michiganders can protect themselves, their families and their communities and help end this pandemic as quickly as possible.”
If Michigan keeps up its current vaccination pace, it could hit the first benchmark — 55% with the first dose — by late next week.