LANSING, MICHIGAN - The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is increasing the amount of Covid-19 testing done at nursing homes, schools, and airports to help slow the virus's spread.
"We are making progress in the fight against the virus with more than 4 million doses administered and 2.6 million Michiganders having at least their first dose of the safe and effective COVD-19 vaccine. It is important, now more than ever, that we double down on the things that work: wearing masks, social distancing, getting tested and making plans to get vaccinated as soon as possible," said Dr.Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health. "Now is the time for us all to come together and do what's necessary to end this pandemic."
As part of the state's efforts to help fight the virus, more than 1.4 million antigen tests have been sent to long-term care facilities. More than 72,000 free tests have been conducted at neighborhood testing sites in socially vulnerable communities. In over 500 school districts, more than 76,000 students, student-athletes, and educators in K-12 schools have been tested.
On Monday, April 5, all Michiganders age 16 and up, who have not been previously eligible to receive a vaccine, will be suitable. This is based on the anticipated amount of vaccines becoming available to the state and President Biden's mandate that all adults should be eligible by May 1. It is anticipated that it may still take several weeks beyond April 5 for everyone who wishes to receive a vaccine to obtain an appointment. Michiganders are encouraged to be patient as supplies and appointments continue to expand. Those who want the vaccine will be able to get the vaccine.
For more information on the Covid-19 vaccine, visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine.