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Republicans question vaccine-only metric for reopening steps

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Posted at 2:43 PM, Apr 30, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-30 14:43:29-04

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican legislative leaders welcome Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s metric-based approach to further relaxing coronavirus restrictions but question what will happen if Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination rate falls below targets.

Their comments Friday come a day after the governor announced four benchmarks that will trigger additional economic reopening — when 55%, 60%, 65% and 70% of people ages 16 and up get at least one shot.

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About half have done so to date.

The state now needs at least two of every five unvaccinated residents to receive a dose.

One GOP leader suggested tying reopening to other metrics like infection rates.