March 5 – Expanded Vaccine Eligibility

Good Afternoon,

Thank you to everyone for your work over the past few weeks. While it was nice to get away for a few days and know that things are in good hands in my absence, I’m glad to be back.

Earlier this week, the state announced further easing of restrictions on indoor dining and some indoor gatherings. The rules regarding remote work remain in place though, so if you are able to work remotely, you should continue to do so. If you need to come in for something specific, please coordinate with your supervisor. I too long for a day when we can have more people in the office but we are just not there yet.

The state also announced that starting Monday, March 8, those people who are 50 years or older with underlying medical conditions are eligible for vaccination. Then, starting Monday, March 22, everyone 50 years or older will be eligible. While this is good news for those in that age group, it does not address WCRC as an organization. I spoke with the Washtenaw County Health Department (WCHD) on when interested WCRC employees can expect to receive the vaccine. We are still considered to be frontline essential workers in critical infrastructure roles so I remain hopeful that it will be soon, especially now that the Johnson & Johnson vaccine was authorized for emergency use by the FDA and is being distributed. Regardless, if you are interested and become eligible for vaccination due to age or other circumstances, I encourage you to register at that time.

As a whole, we continue to make progress in our fight against COVID but we are not out of the woods yet. Please continue to wear your mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands regularly.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and can get out to enjoy the sun,