Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 29, 2021
PHOTOS: Governor Whitmer Receives Second Dose of COVID-19 Vaccine
LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer received a second dose of the safe and effective Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine administered by Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. The governor joined six Grand Rapids teens serving as Protect Michigan Commission COVID-19 ambassadors in receiving their vaccines.
"I feel relieved to have gotten my second dose today and join millions of fully vaccinated Michiganders in the fight against COVID-19," said Governor Whitmer. "Although I have my second dose, I will continue to socially distance, wash my hands often, and wear a mask when necessary. I urge all Michiganders to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect you and your loved ones from COVID-19. Every day we're getting closer and closer to the light at the end of the tunnel. Let's beat COVID-19 together."
The six students who received their vaccine alongside the governor have volunteered to serve as Protect Michigan Commission COVID-19 ambassadors. As part of the ambassador program, the students will urge their peers to get vaccinated and continue to practice preventative measures such as properly wearing masks, social distancing and frequent handwashing to reduce the spread of the virus until the vast majority of people have been vaccinated.
To date, Michigan has administered 6,820,926 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 100,000 shots per day, partnering with organizations like Spectrum Health to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine.
All individuals 16 and 17 years of age are eligible to receive the Pfizer vaccine only. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available for those 18 years and older. Any minors ages 16 and 17 will need a parent or legal guardian to accompany them to their appointment to provide consent to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. In some counties, the parent or legal guardian may be able to provide consent through a note or a phone call that has been verified by two nurses. Check with the vaccine provider first to see if this is an option where you live.