Federal officials increasing COVID-19 vaccine doses available for Michigan starting next week

Officials say more than 60,000 doses will be added bringing the record total to 620,040 vaccines

Michigan receiving more COVID vaccines amid surge in cases
Michigan receiving more COVID vaccines amid surge in cases

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer released a statement Tuesday after White House officials announced that there will be an increase of COVID-19 vaccine doses available for Michigan starting next week.

According to a press release, next week’s shipment will increase by 66,020 bringing the total number of doses to 620,040 -- a weekly record for the state. Officials said the allocation includes 147,800 doses of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

This comes after Whitmer recently requested for more vaccines as the state is seeing a rise in COVID numbers.

READ: CDC: Michigan leads country in new cases of COVID per population

More than 4 million doses have been administered in the state.

Michigan’s hospitalizations were at 2,144 Monday and increased to 2,424 on Tuesday. Whitmer instituted restrictions last fall when hospitalizations hit 3,000. So far, no word from Lansing on whether restrictions are being entertained.

Read Whitmer’s full statement below:

“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.”

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DeJanay Booth joined WDIV as a web producer in July 2020. She previously worked as a news reporter in New Mexico before moving back to Michigan.