Michigan looking at ways to fight slowing demand for vaccines

Posted at 6:59 PM, May 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-22 18:59:03-04

(WXYZ) — It’s a race to vaccinate.

So far, 57 percent of eligible Michiganders 16 and up have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine.

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has said she wants to get that number up much higher and is considering incentives.

Tom Philips said he isn't getting the vaccine.

"I'm against getting the COVID vaccine if you've already had COVID," Philips said. "I had covid last year, last April, and I decided I was going to start giving convalescent plasma at the Red Cross because I had the antibody."

"The kicker is if I do get the vaccine I won’t be able to donate convalescent plasma in July again. They’d force me to take a six-month break because I have too much."

Phillips said he gets tested every two weeks. However, if he didn’t catch COVID and have the antibodies, he said he would get the vaccine.

Some have suggested Whitmer introduce similar lottery incentives like other states for people to get the shot.

Ohio is offering a vaccine lottery, where the state will hold five drawings with a $1 million prize each. New York and Maryland have also jumped on board, with Maryland offering $40,000 a day for 40 days for anyone who gets the shot.

Whitmer and the White House COVID Task Force think it’s a good idea, but Whitmer said Michigan law precludes her office from offering incentives like Ohio. However, her office is investigating if there are other ways to encourage people to get vaccinated.

7 Action News reached out to the governor's office to find out what the law exactly is, but has not heard back on that specific question.

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