All Michigan Adults Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Starting April 5

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On April 5 all Michigan residents age 16 and up will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Gov. Whitmer and state health department officials made the announcement a day after President Biden urged all states to open vaccination to adults by May 1. On March 22, anyone 16 and older with a qualifying medical condition will be eligible. The governor announced that Ford Field would be used as a federally selected regional mass vaccination site starting on March 24. The hope is to administer an additional 6,000 doses a day for eight weeks.

The announcement represents a dramatic acceleration of Michigan’s timeline, reflecting the increase in vaccine supply. Through March 11, more than 1 million Michiganders have been fully vaccinated, and the state is still targeting at least 70% of the population will be inoculated by the end of 2021. Achieving these goals will be a critical jolt for Michigan’s economy and small businesses.

Opening Ford Field as a mass vaccination site, will be an important step in achieving the 70% target according to a statement from the governor. The site, which was selected according to the CDC’s priority tool to help those hardest hit and most vulnerable, will operate from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week, for eight weeks under the federal government’s vaccination pilot program. The facility will be managed by the State of Michigan with support from FEMA, Wayne County, the City of Detroit, Ford Field, Meijer, Henry Ford Health System, and the Lions.

“The safe and effective vaccine is the best way to protect Michiganders and their families, and it is essential to getting our country back to normal, so that we can all hug our loved ones, get back to work, and send our kids to school safely,” said Governor Whitmer. “I want to thank President Biden and FEMA for the opportunity to build one of the nation’s first community vaccination sites to service the entire Southeast Michigan region. Over one million Michiganders of all races have already been safely vaccinated, and this site will help us to reach our goal of equitably vaccinating 70 percent of Michiganders who are 16 years or older more quickly. Ramping up vaccine distribution will also help our economy recover faster and help save our small businesses that have been hit hard by the pandemic. Let’s get to work, and let’s get it done.”

“The most important thing we can do now as a community is to get as many people vaccinated as quickly as possible so our lives and our economy can return to normal,” Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit. “Having this new mass vaccination site operated by FEMA will be a significant step forward for our city and our region toward that goal. We will be working closely with FEMA and state officials to make sure vaccines are distributed equitably.”

The vaccine will be offered at no cost, and insurance is not required, nor will it be requested at the vaccination center. Any Michigan resident who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) vaccine prioritization guidance will be able to register for an appointment. The site is not yet taking reservations, but specific instructions on how to book an appointment will be announced in the coming days. The most recent vaccine prioritization guidance can be found on Michigan’s COVID-19 website.

Free parking will be available at the vaccination site. For those who indicate, during the registration process, they need assistance obtaining transportation to and from the vaccination site, the state is working to provide free of charge rideshare options.


 

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