VanderWall sends letter to Whitmer calling for equitable COVID-19 vaccination allocation

‘We must ensure robust, coordinated vaccine distribution that addresses the unique challenges our great state provides’

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall and several other state lawmakers have sent a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer regarding a COVID-19 vaccine plan for Michigan.

“As we continue to prepare for the approval and delivery of a COVID-19 vaccine, we wrote the governor to ensure that our state has a strategic and equitable plan in place for vaccine distribution,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “Looking forward to this next chapter of our response, we believe it is critical that Michigan’s vaccine distribution plan is robust, coordinated and addresses the unique challenges our great state provides.”

VanderWall said the state needs a more detailed plan to ensure swift and effective actions as we near the next phase of the pandemic response.

In addition to VanderWall, the letter was signed by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, Sen. Jim Stamas, Sen. Pete MacGregor, Rep. Hank Vaupel and Rep. Mary Whiteford.

The letter asked the governor for responses to the following questions:
• What preliminary population and demographic estimates have been completed to determine the vaccine distribution methodology across the state to satisfy an adequate rollout of the proposed phases?
• What Phase 1A considerations have been made to ensure there is adequate and equitable vaccine distribution to personnel in rural health care settings?
• What Phase 1B considerations have been made to ensure there is adequate and equitable vaccine distribution for essential workers and high-risk individuals residing in rural communities?
• What were the results of the influenza vaccination pilot program in rural communities (referenced in the Interim Draft) that have shaped the conceptual model for COVID-19 vaccine distribution? What enhancements have been made for the COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan based on the results of this pilot?

“At a time when access to care is of paramount importance, we must remain committed to supporting Michiganders across our state,” VanderWall said. “The information the governor provides will help us confirm that the vaccination plan is constructed with sound and equitable methodology that is indicative of the unique populations we serve.”