Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun release statements on Biden’s vaccination target

Gretchen Whitmer

FILE – In this Oct. 16, 2020 file photo, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at Beech Woods Recreation Center, in Southfield, Mich. Whitmer and six other people who risked their own health and safety to help and protect others during the coronavirus pandemic will receive special Profile in Courage awards next month, the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation announced Tuesday, May 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Dr. Joneigh Khaldun have released statements after President Joe Biden announced a national goal to have 70% of Americans vaccinated against the coronavirus by July 4.

 “In Michigan and across the United States, frontline healthcare workers, hospitals, and state and local governments are working tirelessly to administer doses of the safe, effective COVID-19 vaccines and save lives. After reaching 200 million shots in arms by President Biden’s 100th day in office, the federal government is following Michigan’s lead by announcing a new goal to have 70% of Americans vaccinated with at least one dose so we can return to the normalcy that we all crave as safely as possible. This is in line with the MI Vacc to Normal challenge we rolled out last week which ties re-engagements to certain vaccination metrics. So far, Michigan has administered over 7 million doses to more than 50% of Michiganders 16 and up, but to reach the 70% target, we will all have to do our part. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to get your COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines are trusted by doctors and our best shot at being free from this pandemic and the quickest way for our lives to return to normal. From polio to smallpox, vaccines have a long history of hope and healing. So, if you have gotten your shot already—thank you—I encourage you speak with friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues about your experience. We are getting closer to our goal and as more Michiganders get vaccinated, we can get Vacc to Normal and emerge from this pandemic stronger than ever before.” 

-Governor Gretchen Whitmer

“Getting the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and your community. I am proud that more than 50% of Michiganders have received their first dose and almost 40% have completed their vaccination. Vaccines give you the freedom and peace of mind to be able to do more things, but we still have work to do to reach our goal of vaccinating at least 70% of residents ages 16 and up. Get one of the three safe and effective vaccines as soon as you are able, and please remember you need to get your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines to get the full immunity that these vaccines offer.” 

-Dr. Joneigh Khaldun.

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