Michigan will expand vaccine eligibility to everybody 50 and older as of March 22, and to everybody 16 and older as of April 5, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer mentioned on Friday. The announcement got here a day after President Biden’s prime-time address, wherein he directed states to develop eligibility to all adults by Might 1.
“Almost 1 million Michiganders of all races have already been safely vaccinated,” Ms. Whitmer, a Democrat, mentioned in an announcement. “I urge all eligible Michiganders to get one of many three Covid-19 vaccines.”
Presently, everybody in Michigan 65 and older is eligible for vaccination, as are individuals over 50 with well being situations that may enhance their danger of great problems from Covid-19, together with weight problems, hypertension or diabetes. On March 22, all adults with such well being situations will even be eligible.
Based on a New York Times database, 19 p.c of Michiganders have obtained at the least one dose of vaccine and 11 p.c have been totally vaccinated, placing the state’s tempo roughly on the U.S. common.
Earlier this week, Alaska became the first state to open eligibility to everybody 16 or older, and Gov. Spencer Cox of Utah introduced that each one adults can be eligible for the vaccine there on April 1.
Gov. Jared Polis of Colorado mentioned on Friday that he anticipated all adults to be eligible in his state by mid-April, although he didn’t set a selected date.
The director of Arizona’s Division of Well being Companies, Dr. Cara Christ, advised reporters on Friday that the state deliberate to make vaccines eligible to anybody 16 and older by Might.
Quite a few different states, together with Texas and New York, have announced expansions of eligibility to new classes this week.
In Connecticut, the state had already deliberate to permit individuals 16 and older to get a vaccination appointment beginning on Might 3.