Detroit expanding COVID vaccine distribution, seniors 75+ can make appointments Monday

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Posted at 2:48 PM, Jan 07, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-07 17:59:22-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Thursday the city's plan to expand COVID vaccine distribution to critical workers, seniors and homeless shelters, and activate the TCF Center as a distribution site.

Starting Friday, the city says Detroit police officers and DDOT bus drivers will begin getting vaccinated on a volunteer basis. Officers will be vaccinated by their precinct at the Detroit Fire Department's Walter Harris training facility while DDOT workers can get the vaccine at their respective terminals. The timeline is expected to take around a week, according to city officials.

Next week, the city also plans to begin vaccinating residents of 60 senior citizen buildings and 29 homeless shelters in the city with a goal of completion by the end of February.

Beginning Monday, vaccination appointments at the TCF Center can be made by Detroit residents who are 75 years of age or older.

The following are eligible to receive the vaccine at TCF:

  • Any Detroit resident 75 and older
  • Any “good neighbor" 65 and older who drives a 75 year old to TCF
  • Group B essential workers, including K-12 teachers and child care workers

Vaccinations for seniors over 75 years old are expected to begin Wednesday; eligible seniors can make appointments to get their vaccinations at the TCF Center starting Monday by calling 313-230-0505 (Monday-Friday from 9AM until 6PM).

Seniors will be required to provide name, address and age and essential workers in Group B will be required to provide a recent pay stub and the name of their employer.

The city plans to schedule 20,000 appointments at the center over the next four weeks based on estimated vaccine supply.

For more information about Detroit's vaccination distribution, click here.

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