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Mayor Duggan expands COVID vaccination eligibility to Detroiters 60+ with chronic medical conditions

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Posted at 2:36 PM, Feb 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-17 16:44:15-05

DETROIT (WXYZ)  — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Wednesday that the city is expanding COVID vaccination eligibility to Detroiters 60+ who suffer from chronic medical conditions.

“Detroit is committed to making vaccines available to all our most vulnerable residents,” Duggan said in a press release. “People with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions have death rates from COVID far greater than the general population.”

The new directive applies to residents who are 60 and older with underlying health conditions including:

  • Cancer (current & in remission)
  • Asthma
  • Heart conditions
  • Hypertension
  • Sickle cell disease
  • Cerebrovascular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Pulmonary fibrosis
  • HIV
  • COPD
  • Type 1 or 2 diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Liver disease
  • Dementia
  • Coronary artery disease

Residents can call 313-230-0505 to make an appointment at the TCF Center. Rides to and from the center are also available to be scheduled for $2.

Residents will be asked to show evidence of their condition when they arrive for their scheduled appointments.

According to the Detroit COVID-19 vaccination dashboard, more than 53,000 doses have been administered in the city as of Feb. 15.

Here is the current list of those eligible to schedule an appointment at the TCF Center, according to the City of Detroit:

  • Food Service Workers, including grocery store, restaurant, meat packing and food and beverage handling employees living or working in Detroit (NEW)
  • Security guards and janitors living or working in Detroit (NEW)
  • Any resident of the City of Detroit who is age 65 or older (born in 1955 or before)
  • K-12 teachers and support staff and day care workers
  • S. Post Office Employees who live or work in Detroit
  • Employees of the City of Detroit or city-related agencies who are working from their regular job site (Employees working from home are not eligible at this time
  • State and Federal Law enforcement working in Detroit
  • Members of the Clergy interacting with members of their congregation
  • Funeral Home/mortuary employees working in Detroit
  • Paid and unpaid persons in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials working in Detroit
  • Members of the city’s disabled community
  • Home health care workers living in Detroit
  • Residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their live-in caregivers
  • Residents 60 and older with chronic health conditions