Bill Nowling of Brighton — who is director of communications for the Wayne County executive — has been appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to the bipartisan Protect Michigan Commission, which serves in an advisory capacity to the governor and DHHS. The commission will help raise awareness of the safety and effectiveness of an approved COVID-19 vaccine, educate the people of Michigan, and help protect the health and safety of all Michigan residents.
The new members are tasked with providing public leadership to elevate and reinforce the importance of an approved COVID-19 vaccine; identifying barriers that may impede the acceptance of an approved COVID-19 vaccine by Michigan residents, which includes identifying areas or groups within this state that are likely to experience vaccine hesitancy; and develop an outreach action plan designed to overcome these barriers. The Commission must complete its work and submit a brief final report to the governor by Dec. 31, 2021. Appointees will serve until the dissolution of the Commission.
“Michigan is working around the clock to ramp up vaccinations and reach our goal of 50,000 shots in arms per day, and with the help of the Protect Michigan Commission we can ensure everyone has a plan to get vaccinated once the opportunity becomes available to them,” Whitmer said. “The bipartisan members of this group will play a vital role in helping to reinforce the importance of everyone getting the safe and effective vaccine. I am confident that the members of this commission will rise to the occasion and help Michigan end the COVID-19 pandemic once and for all.”