Michigan health departments change tactics in hopes of getting vaccination rate to 70%

Local health departments change tactics in hopes of getting vaccinations to 70%

DETROIT – The state of Michigan crossed a crucial milestone Friday morning -- 60% of adults have received at least one vaccine dose.

More data: Chart: Michigan COVID vaccine coverage

While that is good news, the goal of 70% to reach herd immunity still remains and it will be difficult to get there.

After the first big waves of vaccinations, health officials knew it would slow down. That’s why they’re switching tactics, like vaccinating at Wayne County Community College.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, pharmacies, health departments and hospitals account for 7.1 million of the state’s 8.6 million shots in arms so far.

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After that, it’s vaccine drives, Ford Field and family doctors, but they’re far from the high numbers we’ve seen before.

Local 4 spoke with health department directors across Metro Detroit who said the push has moved away from big vaccine sites to smaller, more local ones.

In Washtenaw County, officials are moving to smaller mobile teams to reach people in places they know. This is also happening in Wayne, Livingston and Macomb counties too.

In Oakland County, it’s about pop-up clinics in places residents are comfortable with, run by people they’re comfortable with.

All of it means that fewer people are vaccinated every day, but doctors said it has to happen and progress is made. The fight is now about access to vaccines and hesitancy -- whether it’s life getting in the way or fear of the vaccine, officials are trying to meet people where they are.

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