Zorn applauds resignation of DHHS Director Gordon

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Friday applauded the resignation of Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon.

“Two weeks ago, I called for the resignation of Director Gordon due to the unacceptable COVID-19 vaccination results under his leadership,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “It was an outrage that many small businesses and workers were struggling to stay afloat due to the state’s lockdown orders — yet our vaccination rate was among the worst in the country.

“I am glad to see he has agreed to step down, and I hope that the new director, Elizabeth Hertel, can provide our state with better solutions as we move forward and efficiently get our people the vaccine to save lives.”

At the time Zorn called for Gordon to resign, Michigan ranked 39th in the country in terms of the number of people administered the vaccine per capita, according to data tracking from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The DHHS is in charge of the vaccine in Michigan. According to its online COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, the state had distributed 725,850 COVID-19 vaccines as of Jan. 6, but only 174,749 doses had been administered.