Mass Vaccination Week brings new walk-in clinics to Metro Detroit
DETROIT – Approximately 50% of eligible Michigan residents have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, but there is still a long way to go before 70% is reached.
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The city of Detroit will go door-to-door on Monday to encourage people to visit any of the six vaccination sites in the neighborhood. It will also expand the Good Neighbor program, offering $ 50 gift cards for people who bring a Detroit native for a chance.
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MP Brenda Lawrence said there are not enough people being vaccinated, especially in the black communities.
Black populations have been disproportionately hit by the coronavirus, and Lawrence has seen it throughout their 14th district. She is now on a mission to change that and increase vaccination rates with a tripartite attack:
Accessibility – Make sure people get a chance
Awareness – Make sure people know it is safe and effective for people they trust
Education – Combating misinformation about the vaccines.
Without question, social media was a misinformation problem. Lawrence said black communities had been targeted with myths and conspiracy theories about the vaccine. She said it was time for common sense to be gained.
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