COVID-19

Vaccine reassessment puts Michigan near 55%

Health officials added thousands of out-of-state vaccinations, boosting the state's vaccination numbers.

Michigan added nearly 227,000 COVID-19 vaccinations to its total in one fell swoop on Friday. That was after state health officials added a huge batch of people to its vaccine calculations.

The new group included Michiganders who were vaccinated out of state over the past few months. That quickly and suddenly brought the state just shy of a vaccination benchmark set by state leaders last month.

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Under the governor’s “Vacc to Normal” challenge, two weeks after 55% of state residents 16 or older receive at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the state will start rescinding COVID protection measures.

After the latest boost, the state reports that 54% of Michiganders have been vaccinated.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is working on joining an interstate data sharing system that will let them add vaccinations that happen out of state. Already, the state shares data with Wisconsin and North Dakota.

Otherwise, the MDHHS has to rely on people self-reporting their own vaccinations. That typically involves people bringing their vaccination cards to local health departments.

The state has also revamped its vaccine dashboard to track progress on state benchmarks.

You can read more on MLive.

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