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Wash Co Health Gets Ready To Implement Next Phase Of Vaccinations Including Anyone 65 Or Older

Jan 6, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine

To help reach the state’s goal of vaccinating 70% of Michiganders over age 16 and bring a quicker end to the COVID-19 pandemic in Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services officials announced the state is moving to a new phase of vaccination on Monday, January 11.  Lisa Barry talks with Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia about how the county plans to handle this updated vaccination plan.


Washtenaw County Health Department spokesperson Susan Cerniglia
Credit Susan Cerniglia / Washtenaw County Health Department

Washtenaw County Health Department spokeswoman Susan Cerniglia says they were somewhat surprised by the governor's announcement Wednesday moving to the next phase of vaccinations.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivering a press conference on January 6, 2021.
Credit State of Michigan / michigan.gov

She estimates some 70,000 Washtenaw County residents will qualify for the next phase and asks for their patience as they work to process all the requests they are already getting via email and phone.

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun delivering a press conference on January 6, 2021.
Credit State of Michigan / michigan.gov

To view the PowerPoint presentation used by Governor Whitmer and Dr. Khaldun during their news conference, click here.

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