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New MDHHS program starting March

Posted at 4:41 PM, Feb 15, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-15 16:41:53-05

LANSING, Mich. — A new program is underway for the COVID-19 vaccine to Michigan residents according to the Michigan Department of Health of Human Services (MDHHS).

“I am excited to announce initiatives that will help enhance the state’s equity strategy and allow us to get more vulnerable Michiganders vaccinated,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive. “This strategy is important as we move forward with our goal to equitably vaccinate 70% of Michiganders over age 16 and over as quickly as possible.”

Immediately people from group 1A in conjunction with the CDC and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices including mortuary service workers. Additionally, other qualified health will start receiving vaccinations as well.

“Workers in higher risk agricultural settings have been adversely impacted by this pandemic. We also know that we need to remove barriers to vaccine access for our most vulnerable individuals in Michigan, including those with disabilities, lower income, and racial and ethnic minorities. These steps will allow our federally qualified health centers across the state to begin vaccinating and will prioritize vaccine allocation to partnerships and providers who are removing barriers to access” said Khaldum.

Community centers located in under served areas will allow those unable to afford medical services regardless of their circumstances.

March 1, 2021 nearly 79,000 Michigan residents will be allowed to vaccinate so long as they’re workers in food processing/agricultural settings.

More information on the vaccination release plan can be found here, an updated list of Michigan Vaccination Phases and Priority Groups is also available, questions and answers regarding COVID-19 is viewable, and general information about COVID-19 in Michigan is here.