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Michigan reaches 60% benchmark for COVID-19 vaccine, Genesee County falling behind

Updated: Jun. 11, 2021 at 5:38 PM EDT
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GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) - The state has reached the 60% mark for the number of people given their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

However, the fight’s not over, as counties are still struggling to hit even a 50% vaccination rate. Dr. Pamela Hackert, medical health officer of Genesee County, said the state is on the right track to getting back to normal.

“It’s wonderful, but it’s one of those things that it’s hard to really rest too long on that achievement because our goal is really the 70%,” said Hackert.

Although the state has hit 60%, Hackert said she’s concerned about Genesee County only reaching 49.7%.

“We’re really trying to address that with targeted messaging, particularly like to the youth, and to areas that may not be impacted as high initially from infections, but they’re still vulnerable,” said Dr. Hackert.

Dr. Hackert says in the beginning the health department was administering more than 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines a day. Now it’s drastically slowed down.

“I think our highest number that we reached was when you were doing first and second doses of mass prices like we reached over 1,400 people in one clinic day. We were regularly hosting between 1,000 or 1,200 a day, and so it is very challenging,” said Hackert.

Hackert said now is a great time to get the vaccine.

“Summertime is really a very good time to get vaccinated and still enjoy those summer activities, but as we’re moving into fall, you’re going to be fully prepared to be able to continue to do social activities without risking, infecting loved ones or family members,” said Hackert.

The Genesee County Health Department will continue to offer free rides to and from COVID-19 vaccination clinics.

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