Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
To: State Department Directors and Autonomous Agency Heads
From: Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Date: August 13, 2021
Re: Protecting the most vulnerable Michiganders with an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine
On August 12, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for both the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for the use of an additional dose in certain individuals.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, I have prioritized action that protects the most vulnerable Michiganders. Now that we know an additional shot of vaccine can boost immunity in certain immunocompromised individuals who need extra protection from COVID-19, I am directing state departments and agencies to move as quickly as possible to administer booster shots to vulnerable individuals in long-term care facilities and state correctional facilities within this state.
Consistent with the above, and acting under sections 1 and 8 of article 5 of the Michigan Constitution of 1963, I direct the following:
This directive is effective immediately.
Thank you for your cooperation in implementing this directive.