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Health officials encourage eligible residents to receive COVID-19 vaccine


State and federal health officials are promoting the safety of being vaccinated for COVID-19.  Officials say more than 64 million US residents have been inoculated so far.

Doctor Joneigh Khaldun is Michigan's chief medical executive.  She says follow-ups with vaccinated individuals have not revealed any unknown side effects tied to the vaccines.

“And so that’s really…really important," said Khaldun. "There were no steps that were skipped in the vaccine approval process.  So really, it’s a good idea for people to get the vaccine when it becomes available to you.”

Khaldun says the presence of the B-117 COVID variant in Michigan should not discourage people from getting vaccinated.  She says the Pfizer and Moderna shots are effective against that strain of the virus.