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U.S. HHS Grants Governor Whitmer's Request to Release Vaccines Being Held Back by the Trump Administration
Tue, 12 Jan 2021 11:16:16 EST
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that they will grant Governor Whitmer and eight other governors' request and release the millions of doses of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccine currently being held back by the Trump Administration. HHS also announced that they will follow Michigan's lead, recommending that states open up vaccinations to Americans age 65 and up, a move that Governor Whitmer announced last week.
"Michigan and states across the country remain ready to get more shots in arms, which is why the Trump Administration's decision to grant our request and release millions of doses of the vaccine is so crucial," said Governor Whitmer. "It will take all of us - the federal government, state and local leaders, health departments, and everyday Americans - to ensure everyone can get the safe and effective vaccine."
On Monday, Michigan entered a new phase of vaccine distribution, and began offering vaccine to Michiganders age 65 and older; frontline essential workers including police officers, first responders, frontline state and federal workers and jail and prison staff; and pre K-12 educators, support staff, and childcare providers.