Dr. Rochelle Walensky
made the statement while explaining that the effect of
vaccinations is delayed. The governor has urged the federal
government to send additional doses to the state, but the
administration of President Joe Biden has stuck with
allocating to states proportionally by population.
``So when you have an acute situation, extraordinary number of
cases like we have in Michigan, the answer is not necessarily to
give vaccine,'' Walensky said. ``The answer to that is to really
close things down, to go back to our basics, to back to where we
were last spring, last summer ... to flatten the curve, to
decrease contact with one another, to test ... to contact
The Democratic governor last spring issued a monthslong
stay-at-home order and lifted it in June while keeping in place
various restrictions. In November, amid a second wave of cases,
her administration tightened limits before loosening them in
Earlier Monday, Whitmer again said the ongoing third surge in
Michigan is different because of vaccines and, unlike a year
ago, it is known that masks are effective and the state has
adequate testing and personal protective equipment.
``We each have enough information to do our part,'' she said.
``That's what we're calling on people to do—to do your part.``