Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel discusses the COVID-19 vaccination capabilities of the county during a May 3 press conference at the Verkuilen Building in Clinton Township. He was joined by Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, Treasurer Larry Rocca, Prosecutor Pete Lucido, Clerk Tony Forlini, Sheriff Tony Wickersham, and Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Brown.

Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel discusses the COVID-19 vaccination capabilities of the county during a May 3 press conference at the Verkuilen Building in Clinton Township. He was joined by Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, Treasurer Larry Rocca, Prosecutor Pete Lucido, Clerk Tony Forlini, Sheriff Tony Wickersham, and Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Brown.

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Macomb County officials tout vaccine accessibility

By: Nick Mordowanec | Fraser - Clinton Township Chronicle | Published May 14, 2021

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CLINTON TOWNSHIP — It is easy to get vaccinated for COVID-19 in Macomb County.

That was the message relayed during a May 3 press conference at the Verkuilen Building in Clinton Township. Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel was joined by Public Works Commissioner Candice Miller, Treasurer Larry Rocca, County Prosecutor Pete Lucido, Clerk Tony Forlini, Sheriff Tony Wickersham, and Board of Commissioners Chairman Don Brown.

The site was the first in the county to mass-vaccinate residents.

Hackel acknowledged that currently “there is more supply than there is demand.” He said the matrix early on involved positive tests and flattening the curve due to increased cases of hospitalization.

“All the sudden we got thrown another matrix, and that’s now trying to figure out how we get back to normal through some type of percentage of people being vaccinated,” Hackel said. “Sometimes that creates tension among the public — those that want to get vaccinated, those that don’t. There is no law mandating it so people have a right to make a choice.”

He credited companies like SMART for making vaccination efforts easier for seniors, adding that the overall effort has “been 14 months in the making.”

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