Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday directed the state to expedite the ordering of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5-11 so that it will be quickly available once the federal government gives it the green light.
An FDA panel of outside vaccine experts endorsed kid-sized doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine for U.S. children aged 5 to 11.
Tuesday is the first day the booster shots will become available to eligible residents.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that COVID-19 vaccines could “be available for children from five to 11 within the first week or two of November.”
Several pharmacies are now offering COVID-19 booster shots for Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients.
Beaumont said in a statement: "We hope that those 370 employees will choose to get vaccinated and return to work soon. If they choose to not meet our vaccine requirements by November 16th, their employment will be terminated."
On Thursday, Michigan's largest hospital chain announced 370 workers - about 1% of its staff - were suspended from the job until they met the hospital's vaccine requirements.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said the state's vaccine and testing rules would be as strict as those deployed by the Biden administration, after questions from the business community this week.
Spokesman Mark Geary says Beaumont hopes they decide to get the vaccine and return to work. An additional 70 employees resigned. At Henry Ford Health System, 400 refused to get the vaccine by an October deadline and lost their jobs.
Between June 1 and Sept. 30 of this year, the CDC performed a case-controlled study of Pfizer’s vaccine in adolescents at 19 pediatric hospitals in 16 states, according to the study published on Tuesday.
The FDA is expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots this week in an effort to provide flexibility, the AP reports.
Michigan business groups urged President Joe Biden to reconsider a plan to require most workers to get the COVID-19 vaccine or regularly tested for the virus.
The FDA’s independent advisory panel endorsed lower-dose Moderna booster shots for seniors and other high-risk groups.
ARISE Detroit! is an organization that works to preserve the communities of Detroit is urging residents to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
With many Americans who got Pfizer vaccinations already rolling up their sleeves for a booster shot, millions of others who received the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine wait anxiously to learn when it’s their turn.
Nearly 90% of students, faculty, and staff at Michigan State University have been vaccinated against COVID-19.
"I think there is a better way of going about this than forcing people out the door," Stewart said. "We have some great employees and officers we have been through hell and back over the last year and half. This is no way to treat us at this point."
The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sided with 16 Western Michigan University student-athletes who sued the school so they could play sports without getting a COVID-19 vaccination for religious reasons. The decision is now binding precedent in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
Some people are getting their COVID-19 vaccine boosters and others are getting their third shot. While they may seem like the same thing, they aren't.
An appeals court ruled in favor of athletes at Western Michigan University who sued to be allowed to play sports without getting a COVID-19 vaccination.