Detroit expands COVID-19 vaccinations to restaurant, grocery store workers


Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Tuesday that restaurant workers, grocery store workers, security guards and janitors should be on COVID-19 vaccinations.

The newly authorized employees also include employees in the meat packaging and food and beverage service sectors. There is no age requirement for the workers, but they have to live or work in the city.

“During testing, as we expanded from older to food service employees, a large number came through,” he said. “If you deal in any way with our food supplies, give us a call, tell them which company you work for, and we will make an appointment with you.”

Duggan estimates that the groups include several thousand people.

Duggan said appointments would be prioritized first for food service workers as they are most at risk, followed by security guards and then janitorial staff.

On Monday, the city received an increased weekly allocation of 15,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine. The new group of authorized persons is instructed to make appointments in the parking garage of the TCF Center.

“I think in the next two weeks we’re going to be moving to a combination of community centers, multiple locations, and … we’re working in those locations right now,” Duggan said.

As of Monday, the city has a total of 28,800 COVID cases, resulting in 1,792 deaths.

Michigan has administered more than 1 million of the 1.73 million doses of vaccines it has received. About 110,775 doses were allocated and 22,676 doses administered to Detroit.

“About 10% of this state got their first dose, only 3% in Detroit. We need to fill that gap,” said Duggan.

A week ago, Duggan lowered the age of eligible residents to 65 and opened vaccinations for clergy and undertakers.

Next, there are manufacturing residents to choose from, and Duggan expects that can be done in a week or two. Once that’s complete, Duggan hopes to bring the age down to 60, he said.

Others eligible before Wednesday include drivers 65 and over bringing older residents to the center, key workers including K-12 teachers, childcare workers, and federal and state employees who work in the city.

Vaccinated persons can make an appointment by calling the city’s planning center at (313) 230-0505, Monday through Friday, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Dr.  Detroit Public Schools Parish Superintendent Nikolai Vitti speaks to 5-year-old kindergarten Camila Uribe on the first day of the new school year at Harms School in Detroit.

Learning centers can reopen this month

Dr. Nikolai Vitti, superintendent of the Detroit Public Schools Community District, said the district plans to reopen learning centers on Feb.24 so that every K-12 student can take part in online learning at the school so that staff will be available can help you.

About half of parents are asking for personal learning, Vitti told Detroit City Council on Tuesday. The city has a COVID-19 positivity rate of less than 5%. If the infection rate continues to drop to 3%, the district plans to resume face-to-face learning in March.

“Teachers have the option to work online or in person. Employees who return to work on February 24 must present a negative COVID-19 test,” Vitti said.

The district is planning changes to online learning due to increased chronic absenteeism. The district plans to change the assessment and assignment processes and is rethinking the learning process, Vitti said.

“These changes are not uncommon, even in suburban school districts across Michigan …” Vitti told the city council. “At DPSCD we wanted to make sure that online learning meets the requirements and rigor of personal study. However, as we work through this semester, it is clear that too many students keep falling behind, and we want a lot of our students having difficulty in their To do tasks independently and without sufficient support at home. “

In addition, the district will expand the summer school and after-school program, offering classes during breaks. The district is also expanding mental health support for families, students, and employees.

“We continue to work at DPSCD to offer parents options. We don’t believe now, or we won’t believe until fall that we should mandate personal learning,” he said.

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