COVID-19 vaccine

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Governor Tony Evers' administration says almost 70 percent of state executive branch workers have received at least one shot of COVID-19 vaccine.

More than 30,000 people work in executive branch jobs across the state. Evers' administration said Monday that 87 percent of them have complied with a requirement to share their vaccination status.

Evers has not mandated vaccinations for any state workers, although he has said he is considering such a move.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers is urging anyone age 12 or older who will be attending school in the fall to get vaccinated as soon as possible for COVID-19.

That’s as cases surge in the state due to the more contagious Delta variant.

The call from Evers and the state’s top health official Thursday comes amid a growing concern in Wisconsin and nationally about growing numbers of COVID-19 cases. In Wisconsin, the seven-day average of new confirmed cases was 242 as of Thursday. That’s three times as high as two-and-a-half weeks ago.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A new federal policy announced today by the White House could send some COVID-19 vaccines earmarked for Michigan to other states where the demand is greater.

The re-targeted deliveries are part of a federal effort to get the most vaccine doses to where they’ll be used. After an initial surge in vaccinations, people aren’t lining up in the same numbers. Part of that is because the people who were the most willing were the first in line.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has vowed to keep pushing the White House for more COVID-19 vaccines as the state experiences a spike in cases.

The Democrat on Sunday told CBS’ “Face The Nation” that she plans to work with the White House but wants to do everything she can to get additional vaccine doses. President Joe Biden has said Washington will give Michigan more federal resources to support vaccinations and testing but not additional vaccines.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Anyone over the age of 16 can now get a COVID-19 vaccine in Michigan.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has asked the White House if it is considering sending additional COVID-19 vaccines to states, including Michigan, that face surging coronavirus cases.

White House COVID-19 coordinator Jeff Zients responded Tuesday that U.S. officials are thinking through how to address hot spots. He says everything is on the table.

LANSING, MI--   In the first of several planned COVID-19 veteran vaccination clinics around Michigan, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA) will vaccinate veterans and their spouses and caregivers on March 22 in Marquette. All vaccine recipients must be 50 or older. 

MANISTIQUE, MI--   Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital will get COVID-19 vaccine as part of a plan to enhance the state's vaccine equity strategy.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Protect Michigan Commission pilot program aims to help remove barriers to vaccine access for those 60 and older who live in communities with high Social Vulnerability Index and high COVID-19 mortality rates. The index is a tool that uses census data to identify places where a community may have more difficulty preventing human suffering and financial loss in a disaster.

MARQUETTE, MI--   On Tuesday, March 3rd the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated guidance for COVID-19 vaccination prioritization.

As of Monday, March 8th eligibility will be expanded to include residents aged 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities, and family members/ guardians who care for children with special health care needs.

Michiganders over age 50 with medical conditions and disabilities and caregivers of children with special health care needs will be eligible March 8; all Michiganders over age 50 eligible March 22