Registration now open for mass COVID-19 vaccination site at Ford Field in Detroit
Michigan residents can now sign up for the COVID-19 mass vaccination site at Ford Field in Detroit, which opens on March 24th.
The website will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. for eight weeks, seven days a week. The site will dispense 6,000 doses per day if opened with the intention of increasing capacity.
Henry Ford Health System is serving as the site’s medical director overseeing vaccine administration, medical care and support for the site’s operations.
Scheduling will be handled through Meijer, Henry Ford said in a press release.
There are three options to register:
- Online at meijer.com/register/CL2021
- Text EndCOVID to 75049
- Call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 hotline at (888) 535-6136 (press 1). Call Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The call center is expected to have long waiting times. Therefore, it is recommended that you only call people who cannot register online or by text.
Those who have registered for the vaccine will be notified either by voice or text when it is their turn to make an appointment. According to a press release distributed on Monday evening, vaccine appointments are scheduled a few days in advance.
The Ford Field registration is a separate registration from the Meijer pharmacies.
Henry Ford of Detroit is the only Michigan health system selected to provide assistance to the facility administered by the state of Michigan. Other support partners include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Wayne County, the City of Detroit, Ford Field, the Detroit Lions, and Meijer.
At Ford Field, Henry Ford will use the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Social Vulnerability Index to prioritize vaccination. The index uses 15 factors, including poverty, lack of access to vehicles, overcrowded homes and others, to determine who should get the vaccine the fastest. The doses used in the index for vulnerable groups of the population are sent in addition to the regular allocation by the state by the federal government, according to the health system.
The Pfizer vaccine will be administered at the Ford Field site during the first three weeks of operation and those receiving a first dose are guaranteed a second dose within four to six weeks. The vaccine that will be offered later at the site has yet to be determined.
The vaccine is offered free of charge and no insurance is required. The website will also have free parking.
Any Michigan resident eligible to receive the vaccine under state guidelines can register for an appointment. This contains:
- Adults over 50 with disabilities or certain medical conditions
- Parents and legal guardians of children with special health needs
- Food processors and farm workers
- K-12 teacher
- Child minders
- Law enforcement officers, including prison and correction officers
- Health care workers
- People who live and work in long-term care facilities
Starting March 22nd, people with disabilities aged 16 to 49 and all adults over the age of 50 will be able to receive the vaccine. All residents aged 16 and over can receive the COVID-19 vaccine on April 5th.
By Monday, about 24.4 percent of Michigan’s 16 year old and older population had been fully or partially vaccinated. To date, more than 3 million vaccine doses have been administered by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has set a goal of vaccinating 70 percent of residents over the age of 16 in order to achieve herd immunity.