Wayne County targeting COVID-19 vaccines for seniors in 8 communities

Posted at 5:21 AM, Feb 22, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 12:42:39-05

(WXYZ) — This week, Moderna and Pfizer will be playing catch-up, distributing a backlog of around 6 million COVID-19 vaccine doses delayed by last week's snowstorms.

Related: List of senior vaccination sites to open in Wayne County the week of Feb. 22

When Michigan's delayed shipments arrived, Wayne County will be focusing on getting them into the arms of those 65 and older by making them more accessible.

The winter storm slowed things down for Wayne County, but as doses arrive, they are committed to taking them to seniors, targeting eight different communities they are in.

Those communities are: Canton, Plymouth, Highland Park, Hamtramck, Inkster, Melvindale, Romulus and Wayne. *Disclaimer: You have to be a resident of the city you call in to get an appointment*

Starting Monday, Wayne County residents who are 65 and older can call one of the eight community or senior centers. The county's health department is scheduled to administer another 13,000 doses in the coming week, which will be one of their largest shipments to date, though still not as large as the shipments Detroit has been getting.

Last week Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced expanded vaccine eligibility to all Detroiters who are 60 and older with chronic medical conditions — offering 2 dollar rides to the TCF Center for those who need it.

It's a terrifying reality - Wayne County is hoping to bring peace of mind and easier access to those over 65 taking the vaccines to neighborhoods There are no walk-up appointments, and seniors must make an appointment by calling the number for the site in their communities.

More senior vaccination sites will be announced as more vaccine becomes available. In all, Wayne County Public Health and local health systems have provided more than 181,596 doses to Wayne County residents since the vaccine became available in December.

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