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Michigan to expand COVID-19 vaccine plan to include residents age 50 and older

Residents age 50 and older with pre-existing conditions, disabilities to become eligible next week

On March 22, all Michiganders age 50 and up will become eligible, Local 4 has learned.

As expected, some county officials are protesting because adding more people clamoring for the vax will not increase supply.

Metro Detroit health departments brace for new wave of COVID-19 vaccine demand

With Michigan set to expand who can get the COVID-19 vaccine next week, local health departments, which are already struggling to make sure those most at-risk get vaccinated, will have more on their plate.

Hackel ... said Macomb County can do as many vaccinations as the entire state is doing daily, but the supply has been limited. With adding more people to list, he said his health department will be stretched even more thinly.

“Our health departments have been cautioning against this for the past several months, begging for more vaccines. Again, it’s a challenge,” Hackel said.

Officials with Wayne, Oakland and Washtenaw county health departments could not be reached for comment. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services also could not be reached.

Broadening the range of people qualified, before higher risk groups had been taken care of, was not unexpected, because everything must always be "better than expected".

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