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State Chief Operating Officer speaks about COVID-19 vaccines

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Michigan is falling far short of its vaccination goal.  Health officials want to vaccinate 50-thousand people per day, but so far, the average is about 74-thousand per week since inoculations began.

State Chief Operating Officer Tricia Foster has been in-charge of the state’s vaccine rollout. She says efforts are being hamstrung by the federal government.

“We were originally told that Michigan would receive over 300,000 vaccines per week and planned accordingly. But that weekly number has been significantly reduced. For example, Michigan has received only 60,000 Pfizer vaccines per week for the past few weeks, and those have been distributed to providers.”

Foster says the state is coordinating with more than 12-hundred places that administer the vaccine.