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MDHHS launches partnership aimed at expanding vaccinations

As part of this effort, nearly 16,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses are being shipped to local health departments that are near colleges and universities statewide.
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Published: Apr. 8, 2021 at 5:06 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - As the state continues to expand vaccination eligibility for more Michiganders, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is making steps to get more vaccines to universities and colleges.

In a press release, MDHHS announced that this is an effort to get college students vaccinated before they return to their homes for the summer months. To achieve this, nearly 16,000 Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses are being shipped to local health departments near colleges and universities statewide.

“Vaccinating this group of the population right now makes a lot of sense as thousands of college and university students near the end of their academic year and are preparing to travel back home, start new jobs, take summer vacations, and interact with their family and friends,” said Northern Michigan University president Fritz Erickson. “We appreciate this initiative by the state to keep college students safe. This effort will protect not only the age group that is now seeing a higher rate of infection than before, but it protects communities and families across the state from spread of the virus due to the mass movement of college students that takes place over the next few weeks.”

Twenty-six colleges and universities are participating in the vaccination effort including:

  • Andrews University
  • Albion College
  • Central Michigan University
  • College for Creative Studies
  • University of Michigan-Detroit
  • Ferris State University
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • Michigan State University
  • Western Michigan University
  • Kalamazoo College
  • Davenport University
  • Calvin University
  • Cornerstone University
  • Adrian College
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Alma College
  • Oakland University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Rochester University
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Concordia University Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan
  • Wayne State University
  • Finlandia University

“Protecting the health and safety of our campus community has always been critical to our student experience, but never more so than during this pandemic,” Central Michigan University president Bob Davis said. “By data-driven planning and development of measures to keep our community safe, we’ve been able to stay open and operational since returning to campus last June. And now, because of Governor Whitmer’s unwavering commitment to make vaccinations available to all Michiganders, we are positioned and prepared to offer mass vaccinations to all of our students. We are appreciative to the Governor and her staff for their efforts to keep our community and all of Michigan safe.”

While the pandemic continues, there are still layers of protection that can continue to help mitigate the spread. Every Michigander has a responsibility to do their part by wearing a mask (even after getting the vaccine), washing hands, maintaining social distancing and getting the vaccine when it is available to you.

To find a vaccination site in Michigan, visit the Michigan.gov/Coronavirus website.

Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit Michigan.gov/COVIDvaccine. Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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