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Gov. Whitmer gets her first dose of COVID-19 vaccine, urges young Michiganders to get vaccinated

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gets COVID-19 vaccine
Posted at 5:21 AM, Apr 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-06 12:30:06-04

(WXYZ) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer got her first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday. She was joined by her daughter at Ford Field.

Whitmer was also joined by a group of high school students who are working to encourage other teens to get the shot.

Whitmer and Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun urged younger Michiganders to get vaccinated.

"To my fellow parents, bring your high schools or college-aged students with you to get vaccinated," she said.

"One of the best ways to limit a child getting COVID is by getting vaccinated," Protect Michigan Commission Director Kerry Ebersole said.

Ebersole cites school and youth sports as a significant cause for the latest spike in COVID-19 cases in our state. She said with eligibility opening, there's an increased interest in getting vaccinated.

The Pfizer vaccine is authorized for those 16 and up, while Johnson & Johnson and Moderna are authorized for those 18 and older.

"Like we say to anyone, any individual in the state of Michigan. Take the first vaccine appointment that is made available to you. Now is not the time to delay, especially with spring break," Ebersole said.

The state is also encouraging anyone who traveled for spring break to get tested and quarantine, as variants are more transmissible and being spread throughout the state.

"We will in this foreseeable future have an issue unless everybody is immune and everybody vaccine and everybody is onboard with this vaccination campaign," Beaumont Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Hassan Dakrous said.

He said the only way out of a third wave is the vaccine.

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