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Sen. Peters Touts Vaccines At MSU

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Scott Pohl
U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) speaks with reporters at the Ingham County Health Department's COVID-19 vaccination site at the MSU Pavilion.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters visited a COVID-19 vaccination site at Michigan State University Thursday, hoping to encourage people to get their shots.

Peters chairs the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, which has approved $50-billion to support vaccine programs like the one run by the Ingham County Health Department at the MSU Pavilion.

The Michigan Democrat says the federal government is helping local health departments run education campaigns showing that the vaccines are safe and effective. “We know this is the path to normalcy that we all are craving," Peters says, "and that we need to do that as quickly as we can.”

The Senator stresses that it’s easy and free to get a shot at the MSU location. “You can drive right up, right now, and as you can see, there’s not really a line," Sen. Peters concludes. "You drive up and you’re going to be getting a vaccine very quickly, within a matter of minutes and then be on your way after the period that you have to wait after that.”

Sen. Peters says the federal government will continue to provide the resources local health departments need to get more shots in arms.

Scott Pohl is a general assignment news reporter and produces news features and interviews. He is also an alternate local host on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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