In recent weeks, Michigan’s vaccine rollout has been slowly improving, but distribution is still not anywhere near ideal. There are some noticeable disparities when it comes to which communities are getting and administering the most vaccines. Wayne County, for example, has the lowest rate of residents per capita who have received at least one dose of the vaccine among the state’s most populous counties, according to County Executive Warren Evans. Evans attributes this lag to receiving fewer vaccines from the state.
“I’m worried. I’m hoping the general trend is that the vaccine number is going to start increasing, but I have no data to support it or any data to support that I’m getting a fair number [of vaccines]” –Wayne County Executive Warren Evans.
Evans is publicly asking why Wayne County is receiving fewer doses than surrounding counties, “We don’t stockpile anything, we are getting the vaccines in arms when we get them. While Governor Whitmer says she is following the science, I’m not sure that the state is following the math,” says Evans.
Listen: Wayne County Executive Warren Evans discusses vaccine rollout.
Warren Evans is the Wayne County Executive. His frustration regarding the number of vaccines the county has received so far is palpable as he talks about the situation. “There’s no logical explanation for it when the question is asked about available vaccines for Wayne County… Please show me how Wayne County winds up getting less than the others?” asks Evans.
As far as future projections of the vaccine rollout, Evans is skeptical. “I’m worried. I’m hoping the general trend is that the vaccine number is going to start increasing, but I have no data to support it or any data to support that I’m getting a fair number (of vaccines),” he says. While acknowledging that there is a great deal of uncertainty for officials at all levels regarding vaccine distribution, Evans says that he is also unclear, but is certain that the number of vaccines in Wayne County is not meeting the mark. “I’m not sure how many we should have, but I know it’s far more than we are receiving,” says Evans.
Web story by Allise Hurd.