Vice President Harris visits Michigan to encourage vaccinations


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Vice President Kamala Harris stopped in Michigan to encourage more Americans vaccinated for COVID-19.

Harris appeared a vaccine mobilization event at the TCF Center in Detroit. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer joined her after attending a small business summit in the Motor City.

Harris talked about the importance of getting vaccinated. She also praised front-line health care workers and Detroit’s manufacturing workforce for stepping up to provide resources at the start of the pandemic.

Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib and Rep. Brenda Lawrence, both of Detroit, and Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan joined Whitmer and Harris for the vaccination event.

Harris’ visit came the same day Michigan will draw the first winner of its $1 million coronavirus vaccine lottery. The winner of the MI Shot to Win Sweepstakes will be notified immediately, but the state doesn’t expect to release that person’s name for at least a few days until all the necessary paperwork is signed.

State officials plan to hold a news conference Wednesday to introduce the winners from last week’s first round of $50,000 daily drawings.

According to the state, as of July 9, roughly 1.4 million people had entered the sweepstakes, which was launched to encourage more Michiganders to get vaccinated. However, the state’s overall vaccination rate had increased less than one percent since the sweepstakes began about two weeks ago.

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