Whitmer Asks White House For Extra Vaccines For Hot Spots, More Shots Coming Next Week

Mar 30, 2021

Governor Whitmer toured vaccine facilities in Battle Creek on Mar. 26
Credit Photo provided by the State of Michigan

UPDATE: Michigan's governor has announced that more vaccine will be coming to the state following a recent rise in cases. 

(You can read a release from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office below.) 

LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after the White House announced that a substantial increase in doses of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine would be made available to Michigan starting next week. This action follows recent requests made by Governor Whitmer to the administration for more vaccines and will further help to mitigate the recent rise in cases.  

 

In next week’s shipment, the Biden Administration will increase the state’s direct allocation by 66,020 doses for a total of 620,040 vaccines, a weekly record high for Michigan. This allocation includes 147,800 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In addition to the state’s direct allocation, the governor also applauds the millions of additional doses being sent to federally partnered retail pharmacies across the country, which includes numerous locations in Michigan.  

 

“I’m so grateful to have a partner in the White House that has our backs here in Michigan. We know that the COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective at preventing COVID-19. These additional doses of the safe, effective vaccines will help us slow the spread of the virus, return to normalcy, and continue building our economy back better. As we work closely with our state’s leading health experts to monitor COVID-19 trends, I’m asking Michiganders to double down on smart precautions. The pandemic is not yet behind us, but we’ve learned a tremendous amount about how to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We are moving forward with plans to ramp up testing for schools, businesses, nursing homes, and we recently surpassed four million doses of the vaccine in under four months. However, until we equitably vaccinate enough Michiganders 16 and up, everyone has to do their part. Wear a mask, wash your hands, socially distance, and as soon as you are eligible, get the vaccine. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we’re still in it. The only way out is forward and together. Let’s get it done.” 

 

ORIGINAL POST: 

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has asked the White House if it is considering sending additional COVID-19 vaccines to states, including Michigan, that face surging coronavirus cases. White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients responded Tuesday that U.S. officials are thinking through how to address hot spots. He says everything is on the table. Whitmer was among seven governors who participated in the call hosted by the White House and the National Governors Association. Michigan had the country's second-highest per-capita case rate over the past week, trailing only New York.

 

LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the following statement after the White House announced that a substantial increase in doses of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine would be made available to Michigan starting next week. This action follows recent requests made by Governor Whitmer to the administration for more vaccines and will further help to mitigate the recent rise in cases.  

 

In next week’s shipment, the Biden Administration will increase the state’s direct allocation by 66,020 doses for a total of 620,040 vaccines, a weekly record high for Michigan. This allocation includes 147,800 doses of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. In addition to the state’s direct allocation, the governor also applauds the millions of additional doses being sent to federally partnered retail pharmacies across the country, which includes numerous locations in Michigan.  

 

“I’m so grateful to have a partner in the White House that has our backs here in Michigan. We know that the COVID-19 vaccine is highly effective at preventing COVID-19. These additional doses of the safe, effective vaccines will help us slow the spread of the virus, return to normalcy, and continue building our economy back better. As we work closely with our state’s leading health experts to monitor COVID-19 trends, I’m asking Michiganders to double down on smart precautions. The pandemic is not yet behind us, but we’ve learned a tremendous amount about how to protect ourselves and our loved ones. We are moving forward with plans to ramp up testing for schools, businesses, nursing homes, and we recently surpassed four million doses of the vaccine in under four months. However, until we equitably vaccinate enough Michiganders 16 and up, everyone has to do their part. Wear a mask, wash your hands, socially distance, and as soon as you are eligible, get the vaccine. There is light at the end of the tunnel, but we’re still in it. The only way out is forward and together. Let’s get it done.”