For Michigan Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, Covid booster shot stirs memories of losses

November 20, 2021, 2:32 PM

Our lieutenant governor got his third jab Friday in Detroit and uses that step to promote Covid vaccinations amid a fresh pandemic surge.

Garlin Gilchrist gets shot No. 3 at a CVS store in Detroit, watched by Dr. Joneigh Khaldun. She joined the chain last month as a vice president and chief health equity officer after service as the governor's chief medical officer. (Photo: State of Michigan)

"After losing 27 people in my life to this deadly virus, I am making the choice to do what I can to protect myself, family and everyone around me," Governor Gilchrist says in a statement after stopping at a CVS drugstore for the booster shot.

"The safe and effective vaccines have been shown to be incredibly effective in preventing people from getting the virus, being hospitalized or dying. That is why I am asking every Michigander to get their primary doses -- for them and their kids 5 and older -- or make an appointment to get a booster if you are already vaccinated.

"We can all safely gather around the dinner table with our loved ones this holiday season if we make the choice to protect each other." 

The announcement notes that "eligible individuals may choose which vaccine [brand] they receive as a booster dose," and adds:

To date, 70.3% of Michiganders age 16 and up have gotten at least their first dose. ...

From January to Oct. 12, unvaccinated Michiganders accounted for 93.1% of Covid cases, 90.7% of hospitalizations and 90.5% of deaths.

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