Detroit food workers can get shots now; Duggan says city needs to ‘close the gap’ on vaccinations
The list of key employees who can be vaccinated in the TCF Center transit area in downtown Detroit now includes restaurant workers, grocery store workers, janitors and security guards.
Employees in these categories who either live or work in Detroit are eligible. You can call (313) 230-0505 to make an appointment.
Detroit is increasing the number of people it can host at its mass vaccination center after receiving a supply of vaccines this week from 5,100 the previous week to 15,000 doses. The city started giving the public Pfizer vaccines but is now receiving Moderna.
The next group in Detroit will be manufacturing, Mayor Mike Duggan said during a news conference Tuesday. But the city does not yet have the capacity, he said. He expects appointments to open up for her in the next week or two. He also expects to open more vaccination centers in the next few weeks.
Detroit started its vaccination campaign allowing fewer groups of people to be shot than the state as a whole allowed. It started at age 75 and older, while Governor Gretchen Whitmer allowed age 65 and older. But the city has since expanded its eligibility significantly as more and more vaccinated people come out of the transit center to include frontline workers who are in the state’s “Phase 1C” which has not yet been prioritized by the state and includes groceries and groceries and shop workers Postal workers.
Here is a full list of people who can be vaccinated in Detroit:
- Food service employees in grocery stores, restaurants, meat packers and bottling plants
- Security guards
- facility manager
- Detroit residents 65 and older
- K-12 teachers, staff, day carers
- Postal workers
- City government employees who do not work remotely
- Michigan, federal law enforcement officers working in Detroit
- Healthcare workers with “the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials”
The city has vaccinated a lower percentage of its residents than the entire state: 3 percent versus 10 percent on Tuesday. Attributing this difference to Detroit’s lack of internet connectivity and GPs, Duggan says hospitals tend to schedule appointments with patients through online portals.
“We have to start filling in the void and we study these things all the time. … The distribution of hospitals in Oakland and Macomb Counties is just amazing. And it’s good. I think it’s a very good thing that they’re ‘I’ll do it,’ said Duggan on Tuesday. “We’re talking to (Hospital Systems Detroit Medical Center and Henry Ford Health System) but it’s not necessarily their fault. Our patients are not online the same way in personal health records, and that means we have to do twice as much, to get to the same point. And at the TCF center we are doing twice as much. “
Duggan said last week that he had campaigned for the state of Michigan to have further vaccination efforts in Detroit through the city health department and was “supported” by DMC and Henry Ford Health.