As part of today's update on Coronavirus in Michigan, the state's Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, is encouraging the state's primary care physicians to register as vaccine providers.

It is hoped that expanding the to the network of nearly 3400 primary care practices and over 500 family practices will help to curb some of the vaccine hesitancy by allowing patients the ability to speak with their personal physicians about the vaccine.

Dr. Khaldun says that as more are vaccinated life will begin to look more normal for all aspects of life. She also pointed out that vaccinating your kids with the Pfizer vaccine that was newly authorized for use in 12-15 year-olds, will be a major step in returning kids to activities they enjoy, like birthday parties, school sports, sleepovers, and more.

She also reiterated the warning that Covid-19 is not always harmless to kids, especially as variants continue to spread:

Kids are not immune to Covid-19. We've seen many outbreaks amongst schools and school sports. And over 150 children in Michigan have gotten a very serious inflammatory syndrome from Covid-19, called MIS-C. -Dr. Joneigh Khaldun

More options are becoming available for those who wish to get the vaccine, including a newly announced clinic for GRPS students and parents.

While vaccination levels in Michigan have recently topped 55%, triggering phase one of the Vacc To Normal Plan, rates have steadily declined over the last three weeks, but not sue to a lack of vaccines. If you're a Michigan resident or work in the state you can find a vaccination appointment on the State Of Michigan's Covid-19 resource center.

Here are some tips for self-care during the pandemic: