All Michigan adults will be eligible for vaccine on April 5

All Michiganders aged 16 or older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine starting on April 5. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced the move on Friday. Michigan is among the first states to set a date where all adult residents will be able to receive the vaccine.

The move comes after President Joe Biden announced that enough vaccines for all U.S. adults will be secured by the end of May. President Biden also set July 4 as a date where the country will be “closer to normal” on Thursday.

Governor Whitmer said in a statement that the large expansion of vaccine eligibility will be a big step towards the return to normal:

“The safe COVID-19 vaccine is the most effective way to protect you, your family and others from the virus. It will help the country get back to normal and help the economy. Nearly one million Michiganders of all races have already been safely vaccinated. I urge all eligible Michiganders to get one of the three COVID-19 vaccines. It is essential to getting our country back to normal, so that we can all hug our families, get back to work, go to restaurants, send our kids to school, play sports and get together again.”

The state also announced that any resident 16 or older with a condition that would make them a high risk of negative COVID-19 health outcomes will be eligible for the vaccine on March 22. Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions, will be used as a mass vaccination site in downtown Detroit as well, per the release.

 

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Michigan has been distributed 3.8 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine since the rollout began in December. Nearly 2.9 million have been administered in the state as of Friday afternoon. More than 10% of Michigan residents have been fully vaccinated.