Mayor Mike Duggan: Detroit will have to vaccinate 5K people a day with COVID-19 vaccine

Posted at 4:33 AM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 05:41:11-05

(WXYZ) — Detroit set the standard with a COVID-19 testing assembly line back in the summer, and now all eyes are on the city as it prepares for a much lager undertaking – administering vaccines in winter.

Related: Henry Ford: Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine could be in Michigan by Dec. 12

Mayor Mike Duggan made an appearance Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation, where he said the city is planning on testing 5,000 people a day.

Henry Ford Health System also has freezers to store the vaccines, and is waiting to see just how many they will get, while the city is figuring how out to distribute as many as possible.

"The magnitude of what we're talking about, this country has never experienced," Duggan said Sunday morning.

He points out that Detroit had the highest testing rate in the country – testing 1,200 people a day. The city is preparing to quadruple those efforts.

"To get the vaccinations out, we're going to have to vaccinate 5,000 a day just in Detroit," he said.

A massive undertaking, but not impossible. Duggan said parking garages will be used when the vaccines are ready.

"If you are able to vaccinate 5,000 people a day, you're still talking three or four months," he said.

The city's hospitals are also in full prep mode, with Henry Ford saying all of their hospitals are approved as distribution sites for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.

"These have been set and activated at all our hospitals," Dr. Adnan Munkarah, Chief Medical Officer at Henry Ford Health System said.

Henry Ford still doesn't know when or how much vaccine they'll get when one is approved.

Duggan suspects hospital workers will get them first, followed by first responders and then people over the age of 65.

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