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Michigan Vacc Rates Stubbornly Short Of Whitmer's 70% Target

68.4% of residents have gotten the shot

As of Oct. 7, more than two-thirds of Michigan residents who are 16 or older — 68.4% — have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

In April, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer stated that COVID restrictions, including mask mandates and limits on gatherings, would remain in place until the state attained a 70% vaccination rate.

On May 5, Bridge Michigan reported, “Whitmer’s own experts at the University of Michigan, in an analysis this week, suggest it might take until Aug. 1 to hit 70 percent because of the decline in vaccination rates.”

As of Oct. 7, a majority of residents 16 and older — 5,534,472 — have received one dose. That’s 68.4%.

During the week ending Oct. 7, Michigan added 55,604 people to the number who have received a COVID vaccine shot. That’s the lowest weekly number since Dec. 20, 2020.

The first vaccine shot was administered in Michigan on Dec. 14, 2020.


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