Zorn calls on DHHS director to be held accountable for state’s poor vaccine efforts

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Friday excoriated Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her administration for failing to administer the COVID-19 vaccines in a timely manner and called for Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon to resign.

“It is an outrage that less than 2% of Michigan residents have been given the vaccine while over half a million doses sit unused in storage,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Throughout our state, people are dying from the virus, thousands of new cases are being confirmed, and many small businesses and workers are struggling to stay afloat due to the state’s lockdown orders — yet Michigan’s vaccination rate continues to rank among the worst in the country.

“We need action and accountability. I call on Director Gordon to resign due to the unacceptable vaccination results under his leadership and ask the governor to put in place someone who can quickly and efficiently administer the COVID-19 vaccine to save lives.”

As of Jan. 7, Michigan ranked 39th in the country in terms of the number of people administered the vaccines 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 has distributed 725,850 COVID-19 vaccines as of Jan. 6, but only 174,749 doses have been administered.