Whitmer asks for more doses, ramps up vaccine goals

Mar 31, 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has doubled the state’s goal of delivering 50 thousand COVID-19 vaccine shots per day to 100 thousand.

   That’s as case rates in Michigan are rising.

Michigan leads the nation in COVID-19 cases per capita.  That’s based on the last seven-day average. The pace of COVID-related deaths in the state is also accelerating.

Much of the increase in the state appears linked to new, more-contagious COVID variants.

   Whitmer said in a press release that Michigan has consistently met its benchmark of 50 thousand vaccine shots per day so it’s lifting the goal now to 100 thousand shots a day.

   The federal government just boosted the state’s vaccine allocation, and Whitmer also asked the Biden administration for help managing outbreak hotspots. She made no mention of re-imposing more COVID-19 restrictions, though.