Whitmer gets COVID-19 vaccine alongside teen daughter

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer got the COVID-19 vaccine at Ford Field in Detroit a day after eligibility expanded to everyone ages 16 and older. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer got the COVID-19 vaccine at Ford Field in Detroit a day after eligibility expanded to everyone ages 16 and older. |  Photo: State of Michigan

DAVID EGGERT and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER
Created: April 06, 2021 11:23 AM

DETROIT (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has gotten her first COVID-19 vaccine shot, touting it as the most effective way to protect people and to return Michigan to normalcy.

The 49-year-old governor was vaccinated at Ford Field in Detroit alongside her 19-year-old daughter, a day after eligibility expanded to everyone ages 16 and older.

Whitmer is urging parents to ensure their high school- and college-age kids are inoculated, too.

Michigan is facing the country’s highest rate of new coronavirus cases in the past two weeks.

The governor blames the surge on pandemic fatigue, residents’ increased movement and more contagious variants.

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DAVID EGGERT and MIKE HOUSEHOLDER

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