Older Detroit Residents, Group B Essential Workers Encouraged to Take COVID-19 Vaccine at TCF Center

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit Chief Operating Officer Hakim Berry joined 400 individuals at the TCF Center to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations on Wednesday morning. Today, on Thursday, it is expected that 600 individuals will receive their vaccinations and by the end of the week, that number will grow to 1,000 individuals per day, according to a recent city Facebook post.

Appointments can now be made for COVID-19 vaccinations for the following Detroit residents:
• Any Detroit resident 75 and older
• Any “good neighbor” 65 and older who drives a 75-year-old to TCF
• The following Group B essential workers: K-12 teachers and support staff and child care workers
To schedule appointments call 313-230-0505 Monday-Friday from 9 am until 8 pm.

“Hakeem Berry and the team have gotten us off to a good start,” Duggan said Wednesday morning inside the TCF Center parking garage. “Today [I] had a chance to talk to a number of them. We got school teachers here, we got people over 75. We got people whose good neighbor drove them.”

Duggan said that “spirits are very good.”

“We’re getting them in and out in about 40 minutes,” Duggan said. “I think we’re feeling really good about where we are.”

Berry agreed and said on Wednesday that the vaccination site is off to a “very good positive start here today.”
He also said that the vaccinations are being given on average to about 50 to 55 people in the first hour on Wednesday.

“We’re going to make it better, but really happy with how all of our city of Detroit departments made it happen,” he said.

Duggan added that he had his second shot yesterday and in another week he will visit his grandkids for the first time since before Thanksgiving.

“This is the first step in getting our lives back,” he said. “All the folks I talked to over there are going to tell their friends and neighbors how smooth this was and how easy it is. But we want our city back, our country back, our lives back and it all depends on the vaccines.”

Duggan encouraged residents, especially those over the age of 75, to call and schedule a vaccination appointment.

He added that the age limit will be lowered in a few days; the vaccines are also being administered as quickly as possible based on how fast the federal government sends them.

“All we can do in the city of Detroit is take every vaccine we can get and put it in the arms of Detroiters as quickly as possible,” Duggan said. “We are going to make sure we are going as fast as the feds are going.”

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