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Whitmer urges adults to get COVID-19 booster 6 months out


LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer is urging all adults to schedule a booster shot of the coronavirus vaccine if they are at least six months from when they were fully vaccinated, as Michigan confronted surging infections and hospitalizations.

The governor said residents should do so once U.S. regulators allow boosters for anyone 18 and older later this week. More than 1 million booster doses have been administered statewide. About 21% of the fully vaccinated have gotten a booster, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Michigan had the country’s second-highest case rate over the last week, and the seven-day average — 7,187 — was approaching peaks from April and last December. One in every 199 people tested positive in the past week, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. The state recorded 242 additional deaths yesterday (Wednesday), including 177 that occurred weeks or months ago, for a total of more than 23,000 to date.

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