Michigan gearing up for COVID boosters
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.
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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