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Michigan passes 60% vaccination rate for COVID-19

Michigan’s vaccination rate is higher than Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky
 Gov. Gretchen Whitmer offers an update on Michigan's response to coronavirus.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer offers an update on Michigan's response to coronavirus. (WJRT)
Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 11:09 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WJRT) - Michiganders are getting COVID-19 vaccine at a higher rate than neighboring states, pushing the Mitten past a milestone with 60% of adults age 16 or older getting at least one dose.

Michigan reached the milestone on Thursday and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer celebrated the achievement on Friday.

“Thanks to every Michigander who stepped up to keep themselves, their family, and their community safe,” Whitmer said. “We can all feel a sense of optimism thanks to the tireless efforts of countless frontline workers who put their own safety on the line to keep the rest of us going. And we are tremendously grateful to the medical community who kept us all safe and created the safe, effective vaccines, all miracles of modern science.”

Michigan’s overall COVID-19 trajectory is moving sharply downward. The daily number of new cases is the lowest in a year, the hospitalization rate is the lowest since last summer and the percentage of positive tests is at or near an all-time low.

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II said Michiganders who are vaccinated for COVID-19 should look forward to resuming normal life soon without as many worries of spreading the illness.

“As more Michiganders make that choice, we come closer and closer to confidently growing our economy across the board, and setting our path toward a stronger Michigan,” he said. “As we reach these vaccine milestones, we’re able to hug our families, return to offices, enjoy a dinner out at our favorite restaurant and safely spend time with friends.”

Whitmer said the economy will benefit COVID-19 restrictions are rescinded almost entirely on July 1 thanks to the falling statistics. She is looking forward to working with lawmakers on spending about $22 billion in COVID-19 relief funds to invest in Michigan’s future.

“I know that we can give Michigan the economic jumpstart it needs with the billions in available federal funds and our multi-billion dollar budget surplus,” she said. “We will emerge from this once-in-a-century pandemic stronger than ever, and I am confident that we can make lasting, transformative investments in our schools, small businesses, and communities to help them thrive.”

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