Duggan expands vaccine eligibility for Detroit’s food service workers, including restaurants & groceries
(WXYZ) – Effective immediately, any food service employee, regardless of age, living or working in Detroit can call to schedule an appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine at the TCF center, Mayor Duggan announced Tuesday .
In addition, the mayor expanded the authority to include any security guard or caretaker who lives or works in the city.
The full list of eligible persons now includes:
- Food Service Workers, Including Grocery, Restaurant, Meat Packing, and Food and Beverage Handling Workers Who Live or Work in Detroit (NEW)
- Security Guards and Caretakers Who Live or Work in Detroit (NEW)
- Any resident of the city of Detroit who is 65 years of age or older.
- That is, anyone born in 1955 or earlier.
- K-12 teachers and support staff and day carers
- S. Post employees who live or work in Detroit
- Detroit city employees or city agencies working from their regular construction site (employees who work from home are not currently eligible
- State and federal law enforcement agencies operate in Detroit
- Members of the clergy interact with members of their ward
- Undertaker / undertaker in Detroit
- Paid and unpaid healthcare professionals who may be exposed, directly or indirectly, to patients or infectious materials who work in Detroit
“Food service workers play a vital role in our economy and affect all of our lives. I am delighted that we can now offer them the vaccine,” said Mayor Duggan. “This new expansion potential gives even more Detroiters and key workers better access to vaccination, and hopefully protects another group of frontline workers from this terrible disease.”
The mayor also selected security guards and janitors who, because of their work, are employed in environments where they are in close daily contact with large numbers of people.
This is the fifth increase in eligibility since the city opened the TCF Center’s vaccination center. Initially, Detroit residents’ access to vaccinations was restricted to those aged 75 and over. However, the current volume of calls for scheduling requests allows the mayor to lower the threshold last week to those 65 and over.
As of Tuesday, the city had received 39,350 doses of vaccine and by the end of the day, Monday had administered 18,444. This includes more than 7,300 residents over the age of 65 and drivers of “Good Neighbor”, 1,993 health care providers, 2,400 first aiders, 2,800 teachers and school staff, and 2,500 other eligible persons.
Eligible residents and employees can make an appointment Monday to Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. by dialing 313-230-0505. Until yesterday, the average waiting time for callers who went through the initial prompts to determine their eligibility was around 15 minutes.
Vaccinations are only carried out by appointment. Workers and residents are not vaccinated without making an appointment beforehand.
Grocery store and security personnel making appointments must provide their name, home address, and age. For greater efficiency and convenience, the city recommends that eligible members of the same family or neighbors plan together whenever possible and arrive in the same vehicle. Basic Group B workers are required to provide the name of their employer and their last pay slip to verify their eligibility.