Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Hertel minutes after Gordon tweeted his resignation.
“Our real challenge, the real barrier right now, is the number of vaccines we have actually coming in to the state. We have a lot of the infrastructure, the providers to be able to do the vaccine administration all over the state. So, we just continue to wait to see more coming in,” Hertel said.
Among those eligible for a COVID vaccine, there’s some confusion over jurisdiction such as where to go to set up an appointment and then get the vaccine.
“We’ve been working actively with both the local health departments and the hospital systems across the state to bring them together for that sort of coordination between the health systems and the local health departments,” Hertel said.
Hertel hopes the goal of 50,000 vaccines a day can be realized and move up the timetable.
“If the number of vaccines coming in to the state of Michigan remains static, I think that’s a possibility, but I have a lot of faith in the new administration at the federal level to be able to deploy significantly more vaccines,” she said.