Michigan weekly COVID-19 vaccinations starting to rise again

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan’s weekly number of people getting an initial COVID-19 shot has risen for the third straight week after having consistently dropped for two months.

The increase coincided with the spread of the delta variant — the most contagious coronavirus mutant yet — and a $5 million state sweepstakes designed to incentivize vaccinations.

There were about 41,000 first-dose immunizations last week, the most since the week of June 13-19.

Fewer people were vaccinated in July than in June —  roughly 192,000 vs. approximately 167,000 — but officials say vaccination rates always are lower in the middle of the summer.

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