COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility Expanded in Michigan

DETROIT, February 16, 2021 ~ Eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations is expanding in Michigan.

Currently, healthcare workers, those in long term care facilities, and residents 65 and older are eligible for the vaccine.  Providers with plans to remove barriers-to-access are allowed to request for their patients who are 60 and older.

In an announcement, the Michigan Department of Health of Human Services (MDHH) said that food processing and agriculture workers will be eligible for vaccination beginning March 1.  This announcement brings the total number of eligible Michiganders to 79,000.

I am excited to announce initiatives that will help enhance the state’s equity strategy and allow us to get more vulnerable Michiganders vaccinated,” said MDHH Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun.  “This strategy is important as we move forward with our goal to equitably vaccinate 70% of Michiganders over age 16 as quickly as possible.

Roll-out expansion comes as a report from Beaumont Health indicates a shortage of the Pfizer vaccine in Michigan, with over 1,800 appointments being cancelled.  Appointments for the Moderna vaccine are not affected.

Get the latest on the COVID-19 vaccine roll out, with details on distribution sites and eligibility, at Michigan.gov/COVIDVaccine.

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