Health experts concerned as demand for COVID vaccine drops across Metro Detroit

Dearborn among several communities seeing vaccinations slow down

DEARBORN, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for more federal help to speed up vaccinations has been granted in the form of 200 additional personnel to work the mass clinics at Ford Field, TCF Center and DeVos Place in Grand Rapids.

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The demand for the vaccine varies from community to community.

Doctors from Henry Ford Health System said they’re frustrated that as the COVID surge slows, vaccine rates are also slowing.

The Ford Community Center was turned into a mass vaccination clinic. They had room for 2,000 first-dose appointments Thursday and 60 people signed up.

The Dearborn Fire Department has vaccinated 45,000 people and have been offering the vaccine to people from Redford, Allen Park, Melvindale, Inkster, Garden City and Dearborn Heights. Walk-ins are welcome, but as cases surge, there are concerns that not enough people are getting vaccinated.

Dearborn city officials are discussing plans for clinics to stay open later for people who can’t come during the day and bringing vaccines to people in neighborhoods.

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