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Police, first responders, state workers eligible for COVID-19 vaccines beginning Jan. 11

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: January 6, 2021

By Jennifer Gomori, POJ Editor

Police officers, first responders and state and federal workers are among frontline workers eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations starting Jan. 11.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials announced the new phase of vaccinations also available to jail and prison staffers, preK-12 teachers and childcare providers. While this phase originally included anyone ages 75 and older, MDHHS has accelerated vaccine administration to include all those ages 65 and up.

According to state officials, 80 percent of COVID-19 deaths have occurred in those 65 years of age and older.

Employers will be contacted by local health department officials regarding scheduling appointments for workers included in this new phase. All others are asked to visit Michigan.gov/coronavirus to make an appointment through their local health department. COVID-19 vaccinations will not be administered without an appointment.

Whitmer said local health departments and hospitals have been directed to administer 90 percent of the vaccines within seven days of receiving them. Michigan is 11th in the U.S. for the number of first doses of the vaccine administered to date, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tracker data.

The governor announced she would provide a COVID-19 update by next week in regards to the current MDHHS COVID-19 closures and restrictions, which will expire Jan. 15.

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