New plan aims to bring mobile vaccine clinics to Detroit neighborhoods

New plan aims to bring mobile vaccine clinics to Detroit neighborhoods

DETROIT – The new cases of COVID-19 in Michigan seem to be leveling off over the past few days.

April 22, 2021: Michigan coronavirus cases up to 809,591; Death toll now at 17,139

300,000 vaccine doses are headed to Michigan, putting Michigan totals at 8.3 million doses. More than 6 million doses have been administered.

In Detroit, vaccination rates are at about 25%, about 10% less than Michigan’s vaccination rate.

READ: Detroit continues to push for its residents to get vaccinated

Walk-up vaccination sites in the city are nearly empty. Mayor Mike Duggan announced Thursday a plan that aims to vaccinate a lot more people.

The announcement was made at the Detroit Association of Black Organization’s COVID vaccination site at the Sheffield Center.

Sheffield Center had a long line of people ready to be vaccinated, so what worked there that isn’t working in other sites? Name recognition. The Rev. Horace Sheffield is a trusted name in the city.

Duggan said he plans to reach out to other high-profile leaders in Detroit and help them get people vaccinated. He also said they are considering mobile units that would bring the vaccine directly to neighborhoods, going door-to-door.

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