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Mayor Duggan expands vaccine eligibility to Detroiters with disabilities

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Feb 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-23 12:50:44-05

DETROIT (WXYZ)  — Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan announced Thursday that the city is expanding COVID vaccine eligibility to residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Duggan said residents 18+ with disabilities can call to schedule an appointment at the TCF center for next week. Caregivers of those residents can also get the vaccination if they travel in the same vehicle and also book an appointment, Duggan announced today.

The following conditions are listed under the mayor's directive:

  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Autism
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Tourette’s Syndrome
  • ADHD
  • Spinal Bifida
  • Hearing and Vision impairment

“As a city, we recognize that individuals with certain conditions are more vulnerable to COVID-19 due to a weakened immune system or being unable to properly socially distance,” said Mayor Duggan in a press release. “Only four states in the country have specifically opened access to disabled residents and in Detroit we are making them among our highest priority.”

Residents will have to provide verification of their disability through a note from a health care provider, insurance record or other documentation.

Home health care providers who are living in Detroit are also eligible to make an appointment.

Appointments can be made by calling 313-230-0505. Wheelchair accessible transportation can also be arranged after making your appointment by calling 313-208-7364.

Earlier this week, Duggan also announced $2 rides to the TCF center and Senior Saturdays to help ramp up efforts to get Detroiters 65+ vaccinated.

The full list of eligible individuals who can schedule appointments at TCF now includes:

  • Members of the city’s disabled community (NEW)
  • Home health care workers living in Detroit (NEW)
  • Food Service Workers, including grocery store, restaurant, meat packing and food and beverage handling employees living or working in Detroit
  • Security guards and janitors living or working in Detroit
  • 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