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Ford Field in Detroit becoming mass COVID-19 vaccine site with 6,000 doses a day

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DETROIT, me. (WYRT) – The Detroit Lions home becomes one of the first mass vaccination sites for COVID-19 in the American community.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a partnership with FEMA on Friday to dispense 6,000 doses of the vaccine per day at Ford Field and run for eight weeks starting March 24. The clinic will serve all residents of the Southeast Michigan area.

The website, which will be open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., was chosen because of its proximity to severely affected and vulnerable populations. The Wayne County, Detroit, Meijer, and Henry Ford health systems will help manage the vaccination operation.

“After a year of tremendous challenges and heartbreak, the new vaccination facility at Ford Field will be a glimmer of hope in a community hard hit by the devastating effects of this deadly virus,” said Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist.

The Pfizer vaccine is given at Ford Field based on the Social Vulnerability Index to prioritize the most vulnerable populations. The first doses of the Pfizer vaccine are given for three weeks, and anyone who receives it is guaranteed a second dose for the next three weeks.

Health officials have not decided which vaccine to give in the past two weeks at Ford Field.

At Ford Field, appointments are required but a schedule for planning them has not yet been established. The website will follow the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services’ vaccine approval guidelines.

Everyone aged 65 or older, healthcare workers with direct patient contact, critical infrastructure workers, and those aged 50 and over with chronic illnesses are now eligible. Anyone aged 50 or over and anyone aged 16 or over with disabilities or chronic illnesses can take part on March 22nd.

Anyone 16 years of age or older, regardless of their state of health, can be vaccinated on April 5th.

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