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On Wednesday, March 31, Governor Gretchen Whitmer raised Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination goal from 50,000 to 100,000 shots per day.

Up until this week, Michigan has administered approximately 50,000 of vaccinations per day or more.

By the end of March, approximately 2,793,970 residents were vaccinated, with 4,401,510 administered in the state.

The state COVID-19 dashboard, available at michigan.gov, shows that approximately 35 percent of residents have received at least once vaccination. Almost 70 percent of age groups 65-74 and 75+ have gotten first doses. That number drops to approximately 42 percent for the 50-64 age group, 25 percent for 30-39, 14 percent for 20-29 and 5 percent for 16-19.

According to Whitmer’s office, “the new goal is based on the state’s successful efforts to expand equitable and efficient vaccine administration by partnering with private and public organizations in communities across the state, and is made possible by continuous week-over-week increases in the number of vaccines allocated to the state of Michigan.”

The goal is to vaccinate at least 70 percent of Michiganders age 16 and older as soon as possible.

Next week, they expect to see an increase in the state’s vaccine allocation by 66,020 for a total of 620,040 vaccines, which would be a weekly record high for Michigan.

This includes 147,800 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Millions of additional doses are being sent to federally partnered retail pharmacies across the country, including numerous locations in Michigan.

“The state is working hand-in-hand with health care systems, local health departments, Federally Qualified Health Centers, primary care providers and others to get Michiganders vaccinated with the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “Providers have administered more than four million doses in just four months and we praise and appreciate their willingness to serve their communities, and are confident they will meet and exceed the new 100,000 shots per day goal.”

Currently in Michigan, Pre-registration for COVID-19 vaccination appointments is currently open to the following individuals:

• Phase 1A (healthcare workers & long-term care residents/staff);

• Phase 1B (frontline first responders,

teachers/school staff, and those aged

65+)

• Caretakers/guardians of children with special health care needs

• Anyone aged 50+

• Those aged 35+ with a disability or an underlying medical condition

• Anyone aged 16 to 34 with a

disability or an underlying medical condition

• Those aged 40 to 49 regardless of health status

• Those aged 30 to 39 regardless of health status

• Those aged 23 to 29 regardless of health status

Beginning April 5, registration opens to those aged 16 to 22 regardless of health status. Go to gchd.us to schedule an appointment, or call a pharmacies.

Vaccinations are also taking place at Ford Field. Go to fordfield.com or text “EndCovid” to 75049 to register.

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