COVID-19

Michigan gearing up for COVID boosters

The state is moving to get shots out to people with compromised immune systems as quickly as possible.

State agencies are gearing up to get a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines out to people who are immunocompromised and people living in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.

What Happened: Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order on Friday instructing state agencies to get booster shots out to long-term care facilities as quickly as possible.

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Context: Last week, the Food and Drug Administration announced that people with weakened immune systems could get a booster shot of one of the two-dose COVID-19 vaccines.

What They’re Saying: “When vaccines first became available, we ensured that 100% of residents in nursing homes and long-term care facilities had first dibs at the safe and effective vaccines,” said Whitmer in a press release. “Now, it’s important that we continue to prioritize these Michiganders by rushing an additional dose to those who need it the most.”

What’s Next: The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reaching out to long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, adult foster care facilities, and state prisons.

The state’s vaccine registry will be updated to include booster shots.

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