MING helps vaccinate thousands of Detroit residents | Article
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DETROIT – The city of Detroit’s efforts to vaccinate all residents who want the COVID-19 vaccine require an all-hands-on-deck approach. At the mass vaccination clinic at the TCF Center, the Michigan National Guard is helping vaccinate an average of 4,000 people a day.
Once the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services receives a request for assistance, the MING will support community health organizations with logistical and medical resources for COVID-19 vaccinations across the state.
“The TCF center is ideal for vaccinating thousands of residents every day. However, it’s not the facility that matters – it’s the ones who work on it, “said Ali Fakih, a supervisor for the Detroit City Department of Health. “The Michigan National Guard is the best of the best, and we couldn’t do it without them.”
Up to 10 Guard COVID-19 Vaccination / Test Teams (CVTT) of Task Force Red Lion perform various functions in the TCF center and act as vaccines, administrative assistants and post-vaccination observers to ensure that the process runs smoothly.
“The 28 Soldiers I oversee work long and hard hours entering data into the Michigan Care Improvement Registry system,” said Master Sgt. Kenneth Crawford, the corporal who worked for the 1073rd Support Maintenance Company and NCOIC for Task Force Red Lion is responsible for operations. “The team is committed to keeping pace with the growing influx of residents receiving the vaccine, as all residents over the age of 16 are now eligible to receive the vaccine in Michigan.”
The TCF center had only been a drive-through vaccination center, but on April 5 an indoor walk-up option was added to increase daily vaccination capacity from 4,000 to 8,000 doses.
“MING was instrumental in enabling us to cope with the rise with the walk-up option now available to our residents,” said Fakih. “The CVTTs are involved in the whole process, which minimizes the waiting time for those who receive the vaccine.”
The MING also supports COVID-19 testing, other vaccination clinics, and food banks in Detroit.
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