Gretchen Whitmer on Families & Children



No mandatory COVID vaccine for children

Whitmer signaled opposition to mandating coronavirus vaccines for children to attend school during Michigan's final gubernatorial debate before Election Day. Whitmer was asked about new guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urging children to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. "I do not support requiring the COVID vaccine for children," said Whitmer, who proceeded to defend her record of battling the pandemic. "We made quick decisions to save lives and studies show we saved 1000s. I am proud of that."

Tudor Dixon, the GOP nominee for governor, has sought to make Whitmer's leadership throughout the pandemic a top issue in the contest. "I had a small business crushed [by coronavirus lockdowns].."

Earlier this month, the CDC voted to add coronavirus inoculation to the Vaccines for Children Program. The inclusion does not make the shots mandatory for children but places it on a list of recommended vaccinations the CDC provides to physicians.

Source: Fox News Politics on 2022 Michigan Gubernatorial race , Oct 25, 2022

Extend postpartum care from 60 days to a full year

We will extend postpartum care from 60 days to one full year after giving birth, and move up a woman's first postpartum visit to within three weeks, with a comprehensive visit within 12 weeks. This will help new moms heal, and work through postpartum depression and anxiety after giving birth. We'll let a woman choose birth control that works for her. A novel idea, I know--we're going to ask a woman what she wants, ensure she can get it in one visit, and provide coverage for it.
Source: 2020 Michigan State of the State address , Jan 29, 2020

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