Michigan hits 55% COVID-19 vaccine threshold, allowing workers to return

Updated: May. 10, 2021 at 11:15 PM EDT
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FLINT, Mich. (WJRT) - On Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer gave the green light for all in-person work to resume in offices and other workplaces in two weeks, as the state hit the first benchmark of the MI Vacc to Normal plan.

All employees can return to their workplaces on May 24 now that 55% of adults age 16 or older in Michigan have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

“We’re ready to go back to work. We’re ready to bring our employees back to work safely,” said Veronica Horn, president and CEO of the Saginaw County Chamber of Commerce.

She said the chamber has been preparing to go back to work for a while, getting everything they need to head back to the office safely.

“What can we do you know what can we do better, to make you feel safe, and the response has been very positive people are naturally want to be around other people,” Horn said.

She expects that each office will work differently and that some may even take a hybrid approach to returning back to the office.

But other businesses in the Mid-Michigan area are anxious to feel the impact of the MI Vacc to Normal plan as we hit those other benchmarks.

Kings Catering and Banquet Center in Flint knows that it might be months before things go back to normal for them even though the state is taking the first step.

“Going on two years now we’ve lost significantly. Not only we’ve experienced economic hardship as well as business with the entities that we did and organizations that we were providing. In our case, I do know that we’ll probably lose another summer activity,” said Richie King, owner and general manager.

He said they’ve changed their services to carryout only until they are able to have a full staff and 100% capacity. Those changes will happen two weeks after 65% of Michiganders received at least one vaccine dose.

The next milestone to meet is 60% of adults getting at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine. That will allow sports stadiums, banquet halls and exercise facilities to increase their capacity but not to 100% yet.

To see the full MI Vacc to Normal plan click on the article, HERE.

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