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Michigan Reached The 55% Vaccination Threshold

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Keara Lou
Keara Lou
 2021-05-11

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Finally, we're getting our first blip of returning to normal. Today, Governor Whitmer announced Michigan hit the 55% vaccination threshold, and we'll start seeing the first ripple of change in two weeks. We need to wait two weeks for the vaccine to take.

Nearly two weeks ago, Governor Whitmer announced a four-step vaccination plan to get the state back to normal. The only thing Michiganders have to do is set up an appointment and start getting vaccinated.

  • 55% vaccinated: Anyone forced to work from home because of COVID-19 restrictions can go back to work.
  • 60% vaccinated: Banquet halls, sports arenas, and conference centers can raise their capacity levels by 25%. Gyms can now have 50% capacity. Restaurants and bars won't need to close early anymore.
  • 65% vaccinated: All indoor capacity limits disappear.
  • 70% vaccinated. No more masks.

Why do we need to wait two weeks?

All three COVID-19 doses need two weeks to take effect. Pfizer and Moderna can take effect two weeks after the second dose, and Johnson and Johnson works two weeks after the first dose. Even if you're fully vaccinated right now, you still need to wear a mask and socially distance, especially if you haven't reached the two-week mark yet.

The chances of getting COVID-19 after getting vaccinated are rare. And getting severe COVID infections is exceptionaly slim.

Changes happen because of the first dose of the vaccine or one dose of the J&J vaccine. Even though the changes take effect two weeks after the first dose, it's still essential we get our second dose. The second dose will help us reach herd immunity.

Remember, we need a 70% vaccination rate to return to normal

When 70% of the state receives its first does, then the state can return to normal. We won't need to wear our masks anymore.

A lot can change by the two-week point. If more people start getting their first dose now, then maybe we'll be at the next step by the time these two weeks are over. The way things are going, it's looking like it's going to be a fantastic summer in Michigan.

If you're unsure where to set up an appointment, go to Michigan's website and find locations in your county. If you get the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, the areas will work with you to make the second appointment. You can also call the COVID-19 hotline if you need assistance getting to your location or setting up an appointment.

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