Fifty-five percent of Michiganders have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced on Monday.
That also means that Michigan has hit the first milestone of Whitmer’s “MI Vacc to Normal” plan, enabling in-person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24. Whitmer announced last month that health restrictions will be lifted based on the state’s vaccination rates.
I’m excited to announce that 55% of Michiganders have gotten their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This is a huge milestone in getting #MIVaccToNormal and means that on May 24 we can return to in-person work. If you haven’t yet, please schedule a vaccine appointment today. pic.twitter.com/Q827k3Rhii
— Governor Gretchen Whitmer (@GovWhitmer) May 10, 2021
“Everyone is eligible to get their safe, effective shots, and it’s on all of us to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities,” she said.
As of Monday, Michigan has 865,349 COVID-19 cases and 18,239 residents have died from the virus.
Michigan has administered 4,455,395 vaccine
“The safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine is the most important tool we have to reduce the spread of the virus. By getting shots in their arms as soon as possible, Michiganders can help end this pandemic as quickly as possible,” said Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. “We urge all eligible Michigan residents to make an appointment or locate a walk-in vaccine clinic to get their vaccine as soon as they are able by visiting Vaccinefinder.”
Here are the steps for Whitmer’s plan:
- Two weeks after 55% of eligible residents have received their first shot (around 4.5 million Michiganders), the state will lift remote work requirements — likely to happen by the end of next week, according to Whitmer.
- Two weeks after 60% of eligible residents have received their first shot (around 4.9 million Michiganders), the state will lift curfews on bars and restaurants while increasing indoor capacity to 25% at sports stadiums, conference centers, banquet halls and to 50% at gyms.
- Two weeks after 65% of eligible residents have received their first shot (around 5.3 million Michiganders), the state will lift all indoor capacity limits, relax social distancing rules and relax residential social gathering limits.
- Two weeks after 70% of eligible residents have received their first shot (around 5.7 million Michiganders), statewide gathering and face mask orders will be lifted. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will also “no longer impose broad mitigation measures” unless unanticipated circumstances arise, including spread of the B-117 variant.
The state’s Return-to-Office Workgroup composed of business, labor and public health experts has provided Whitmer with recommendations on how employers can begin to plan for a safe, phased reopening of offices.