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PHOTOS: Gov. Whitmer Tours Vaccine Facilities in Battle Creek, Benton Harbor


March 26, 2021  



PHOTOS: Gov. Whitmer Tours Vaccine Facilities in Battle Creek, Benton Harbor 


LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Whitmer toured vaccine facilities in Battle Creek and Benton Harbor to observe ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts and ensure that vaccines are being distributed efficiently and equitably.  


"Just one year ago, we were all grappling with a novel virus, but now we have three safe, effective vaccines that can protect us and our families, and help us get back to normal," said Governor Whitmer. "Sites like the YMCA in Battle Creek and the health department in Benton Harbor will help us reach ougoal of equitably vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders who are 16 years or older more quickly. I encourage all Michiganders to get the vaccine once it becomes available to you. Let's beat COVID-19 together." 


In Battle Creek, Governor Whitmer visited the Battle Creek Family YMCA alongside Rep. Jim Haadsma, Calhoun County Medical Director Dr. William Nettleton, Calhoun County Health Officer Eric Bessell, and Battle Creek YMCA CEO Jill Hinde. The YMCA vaccination site is staffed by members of the Michigan National Guard. 


In Benton Harbor, Governor Whitmer visited the Berrien County Health Department with Congressman Fred Upton and Berrien County Health Department Director Nicole Brittien. The health department is staffed by members of the Michigan National Guard. 


To date, Michigan has administered 3,919,796 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, partnering with organizations like the Battle Creek YMCA and local health departments like Berrien County Health Department to create more opportunities for Michigan residents to receive a vaccine.