MHA Statement on Expanded COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility

MHA CEO Brian Peters

The following statement can be attributed to Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health & Hospital Association. 

MHA CEO Brian PetersThe MHA and our member hospitals and health systems are pleased to see eligibility for COVID-19 vaccination expand in the coming days and weeks to include those 50 and older with underlying medical conditions or disabilities and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special healthcare needs, and then to all Michiganders 50 and older. Hospitals and health systems will continue to partner with their local health departments and other providers to vaccinate all eligible and vulnerable populations as quickly as possible.

The significant increase in vaccine supply to our state this week is an encouraging sign that we will be able to vaccinate 70% of our adult population more quickly than originally planned. The three vaccines currently available have all been proved safe and highly effective; we urge Michigan residents to get whatever vaccine is available to them when it’s their turn. Doing so will ensure we prevent future COVID-19 outbreaks, save lives, and help our businesses and schools return to normal operations as soon as possible.