The city of Detroit began vaccinating older adults and frontline workers for the coronavirus two weeks ago, but officials are asking Detroiters to continue following safety protocols.
Without communities of color getting vaccinated, the United States will not reach the 80 percent vaccination rate needed for herd immunity to stop the spread of the virus.
An advisory group to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer tasked with identifying the causes and scope of food insecurity in Michigan — particularly as the COVID-19 crisis has exacerbated the problem — made several recommendations intended to address the issue.
The City of Detroit began vaccinating residents 75 and older on Wednesday at the TCF Center. Qualified residents can call 313-230-0505 to book an appointment.
Detroit said it plans to vaccinate 5,000 people a week but the city must overcome fear, distrust and logistics to fire up the effort.
Detroit has had one of the lowest rates of COVID-19 cases in Michigan for months. Experts hope the trend holds through the new year.
On Monday, a 46-year-old pulmonologist at Spectrum Health became the first Michigan recipient of a COVID-19 vaccine. Health leaders say broad vaccination is needed to protect society, but businesses, including hospitals, do not yet appear ready to require them of workers.
A Michigan Supreme Court decision negating months of executive orders from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has cast the state into uncertainty as coronavirus cases spike.
Once a COVID hotspot, Detroit lost 1,300 people to the virus. The city and its residents fought back and say limited interactions, face masks and frequent hand-washing make the difference. Detroit now has one of the lowest rates in the state.
The state’s announcement follows weeks of pressure as many parents must decide whether to send their children to school or have them learn from home. State officials did not include colleges in its decision.