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Mayor Mike Duggan lays out Detroit's plan for vaccinating those 12 to 17-year-old against COVID-19

Posted at 2:32 PM, May 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-12 18:15:47-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — The City of Detroit has laid out their plans to vaccinate teens once the federal government gives the Pfizer vaccine available to those 12 to 17-years-old.

Mayor Mike Duggan laid out the plans during a Tuesday afternoon news conference. He says once the vaccine is approved for use to young adults, the city will have the Pfizer vaccine ready at all city vaccination locations the next day. This includes the drive-up and walk-up locations.

“Now that the Pfizer vaccine has received CDC approval, we have made arrangements for it to be available at each of our walk-in and drive-up locations,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “While we are making it available, it will be up to parents to make the best decision for their family whether to have their children vaccinated.”

M-F locations (hours vary)

  • TCF Center
  • Northwest Activities Center
  • Samaritan Center
  • Farwell Recreation Center
  • Roberto Clemente Recreation Center
  • Clark Park
  • Straight Gate Church

Saturday locations (9 AM – 1 PM)

  • Greater Grace Temple
  • Kemeny Recreation Center
  • Grace Community Church
  • New Providence Baptist Church
  • Greater Emmanuel COGIC
  • Galilee Baptist Church

To get a vaccination, a child can arrive with a parent or guardian at any of the city-run walk in locations, or the parent or guardian can schedule an appointment by calling 313-230-0505. The scheduling call center is open from 9 AM until 6 PM Monday through Friday. A full list and map of locations can be found at

Under the city's plan, there are four rules that must be followed:

  1. Anyone aged 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when they get their shot.
  2. The parent or guardian must show ID
  3. The parent or guardian must sign a written consent form
  4. There will be no "Good Neighbor" reimbursement or anyone under the age of 18 who gets vaccinated

The FDA has approved emergency authorization for the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for those 12 to 17-years-old. A CDC committee is scheduled to meet on the petition Wednesday. It is expected the full FDA could vote on the emergency approval as early as Thursday.

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