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State of Michigan surpasses 70 percent COVID vaccination milestone for residents 16+

COVID-19 vaccine
Posted at 6:07 PM, Nov 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-16 18:07:15-05

(WXYZ) — The State of Michigan has surpassed its 70% vaccination milestone for residents ages 16 and older, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Monday.

Nearly 5.7 million Michiganders have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the state.

“We know the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines are our way out of the pandemic,” said Dr. Natasha Bagdasarian, chief medical executive at MDHHS, in a press release. “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.”

The state says its objective is to get as many Michiganders vaccinated as possible.

Despite the 70% milestone, cases in the state continue to rise. Health experts said last week that Michigan is in a fourth surge.

“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,” said MDHHS director Elizabeth Hereto in a press release.

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