Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 7, 2021
ICYMI: Lt. Governor Gilchrist Joins Jalen Rose to promote COVID-19 Vaccinations
LANSING, Mich. -- Yesterday, Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist visited the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Community vaccination site in Detroit to observe ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts and ensure that vaccines are being distributed efficiently and equitably. He was joined by Jalen Rose.
"Our administration has been working around the clock to expand our vaccine program in an efficient and equitable manner so that every Michigander has access to the safe and effective vaccines," said Lt. Governor Gilchrist. "Neighborhood-based vaccination efforts like the ones at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy are crucial to beating COVID-19. This virus has disproportionately impacted Detroit, so it is crucial that we all do our part to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to doing the things we love together."
"I am thankful to the Lt. Governor for taking the time and energy to be here," said Jalen Rose. "This is the charity that makes it to the communities. I am thankful for the support. Take the time to get vaccinated because we need to beat this thing."
To date, Michigan has administered 7,220,201 vaccines, with 51.2% Michiganders 16 years or older receiving their initial dose, and 40.7% fully vaccinated, 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 partnering with organizations like Jalen Rose Leadership Academy to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine.
Watch the video that Lt. Governor Gilchrist and Jalen Rose filmed to encourage Detroiters to get their vaccines here.