Detroit’s COVID-19 vaccinations will continue despite vaccine shortage
Detroit – Detroit residents can still schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments, but some existing appointments are changed after the city received fewer vaccine doses and a different brand than expected.
Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan said Michigan is short of about 50,000 vaccines and “everyone is having a hard time this week”.
Detroit received 6,000 cans this week but was hoping for 9,000-10,000, he said. The city also expected to get Pfizer’s vaccine, but received Modernas instead.
The differences between the two vaccines are the time between the first and second dose and the freezing temperature at which they must be stored. The Pfizer vaccine needs a second dose three weeks later, and Moderna needs a second shot four weeks later.
People scheduled for the first cans Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in the TCF Center’s garage can meet their appointments, Duggan said.
As the City of Moderna will be doing recordings, the second dose will be postponed for one week for those who have appointments this week. Residents will be told not to call the center and will be reminded of when to return during their appointments this week.
A resident who receives the shot on:
- Wednesday, the new second dosing date is February 17th
- Thursday, the new second dosing date is February 18th
- Friday, the new second dosing date is February 19th
The city has enough vaccines to continue processing 1,000 people a day, he said.
“We’re under control. All you have to do is show up at your regular time and we’ll reschedule you on site,” said Duggan. “We will lead the country in vaccination efficiency.”
The TCF center has planned 12,000 vaccination appointments. Approximately 8,000 are seniors and good neighbors, 3,300 are teachers, school and child carers, 700 city workers, and 400 U.S. postal workers. In addition, several thousand vaccinations were given to homeless shelters as well as first responders and DDOT bus drivers, Duggan said.
Duggan also expanded immunization eligibility to federal and state workers who work in the city.
The city will continue to schedule residents age 70 and over, any “good neighbor” drivers age 65 and over to escort them to the center, and key workers including K-12 teachers and childcare workers.
“I want to live to be 65, but I can’t do it until we know we’re getting 10,000 (doses) a week,” said Duggan. “Otherwise, if we do today, whatever happens will overflow the phone system and you won’t be able to get appointments because we don’t know yet … I’m not going to put our seniors.” in a position where … we will create expectations we cannot meet. “
Henry Ford Health System and the Wayne County Public Health Department said Monday they were delaying some COVID-19 vaccinations after receiving fewer doses than expected this week.
State health officials expected Michigan to receive nearly double the doses expected for this week after the federal government told health officials last week it would provide the state with an additional 60,000 doses of the Moderna vaccine for coronavirus.
These doses had been reserved for CVS and Walgreens to vaccinate residents of long-term care facilities.
Combined with 62,400 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine, which the state was already anticipating, Michigan would have received 122,400 doses for hospitals and health departments, authorities said.
The federal government announced last week that it was releasing a stash of vaccines held in reserve to provide two-dose second doses of the Pfizer vaccine. But later, federal officials said supplies were depleted and states shouldn’t expect a gust of wind, the Washington Post reported first.
Duggan said he expected more truthful information about vaccine distribution following the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
“The announcement that Pfizer vaccines would be doubled and a week later the government said, ‘Oh, I’m sorry, they aren’t’ when everyone in the country started planning this is the worst of wars” said Duggan.
The city recorded 27,563 confirmed cases of the virus and 1,751 on Tuesday.
“I think 85% of what we’ve got is in our arms right now, and that’s a relationship we’ll stick with,” said Duggan.