Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 9, 2021
Media Contact: Press@Michigan.gov
PHOTOS: Governor Whitmer, Major General Paul Rogers and State Representative Julie Brixie Visit MSU Pavilion to Observe Ongoing Vaccination Efforts
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Major General Paul Rogers visited the Michigan State University (MSU) Pavilion to observe its ongoing vaccination efforts for area residents. Joining them for the site visit were Lt. Col. Karen Sims, the Medical Detachment Officer in Charge, along with state Representative Julie Brixie (D-East Lansing).
“It’s an honor to witness firsthand the heroic work of our frontline health care workers and the men and women of our Michigan National Guard, who are working non-stop to administer the safe and effective vaccine to Michiganders across the state,” said Governor Whitmer. “Every shot in the arm brings us one step closer to ending this pandemic, and I encourage all Michiganders to make a plan for how they will get vaccinated when it’s their turn. It's on all of us to continue social distancing, washing our hands and masking up so we can beat this virus once and for all.”
"The men and women of Michigan's National Guard represent some of the best of us, having been on the frontlines in the fight against this virus since Day One," said Major General Paul Rogers. "As we continue working to administer the safe, effective vaccine, the Michigan National Guard will continue to serve and protect the people of our state so that we can put an end to this pandemic."
As of today, Michigan has administered 1,292,572 vaccines, moving the state closer to its goal of equitably vaccinating at least 70% of Michiganders ages 16 and older as soon as possible. As part of these efforts, Michigan is working to administer 50,000 shots per day through the Governor’s MI COVID Recovery Plan, partnering with private and academic organizations like at MSU Pavilion to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine.
Prior to her visit, the Governor invited all legislative leaders to join and witness the efforts of frontline health care workers in combatting the COVID-19 virus.