LANSING, Mich. – Michigan is moving to a new phase of COVID-19 vaccinations next week, and the residents included in this round of vaccines have been determined by age and occupation.
Here are the nine groups of people included in the new phase:
- Residents age 65 years and older
- Police officers
- First responders
- Frontline state workers
- Frontline federal workers
- Jail staff members
- Prison staff members
- Pre-K through 12th grade teachers
- Childcare providers
“The state is entering a new phase in our vaccinations,” Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday. “By Jan. 11, all counties may begin vaccinating Michiganders who are 65 and up.”
The new phase kicks off Monday, though it’s important to note not everyone from the previous phase has already been vaccinated.
“The more people we can get the safe and effective vaccine, the faster we can return to a sense of normalcy,” Whitmer said. “I urge all seniors to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible and that all Michiganders to make a plan to get vaccinated when it becomes available to you.”
Essential workers, teachers and childcare workers will be notified by their employers about vaccine clinic dates and locations.
Vaccines in Michigan are limited, so appointments will be, too. As more vaccines arrive, the state will be able to move more quickly through the priority groups, Whitmer said.
More than 140,000 vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer have been administered to health care workers, with more than 8,000 going to nursing home residents and staff, according to the state.
On Wednesday, Michigan reported 4,326 new COVID-19 cases and 51 additional deaths, bringing the state totals to 508,736 confirmed cases and 12,918 deaths since the start of the pandemic.