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In just under a month, the number of COVID-19 patients in Michigan receiving monoclonal antibody treatments soared by more than 300 percent, from about 500 patients the week for March 24, to about 1,700 the week of April 21.
Vaccinating Michigan teens and young adults will be key to lifting pandemic limits and reaching herd immunity. Health officials are scrambling to make COVID vaccines available to high school students, who are getting shots at far lower rates.
The study, released after the CDC relaxed new guidelines for vaccinated people, is a reminder for Michiganders that your immunity against the virus isn’t fully realized until at least two weeks after the second dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.
Whitmer, who has faced criticism from Republicans and business groups for not linking COVID restrictions to identified metrics, changed that approach. Her new plan offers economic and social incentives for residents to get vaccinated.
Michiganders can feel safer gathering in small groups, traveling, and skipping quarantine with some exceptions, under new federal guidance issued Tuesday. Michigan appears poised to soon ease state mask rules.
Michigan health authorities are getting creative to get more people vaccinated in a race to achieve herd immunity. That requires transition to the more difficult work of promoting vaccines in some unexpected places.
A more detailed review also shows COVID may not even have been the cause of their deaths. Though rare, “breakout infections” are a reminder to maintain safety protocols, even if you have been vaccinated.
In the scramble to vaccinate as many as possible, thousands of homebound adults are being left behind if they can’t travel to a vaccine clinic. Agencies that support seniors suggest a few changes that may help.