Going door-to-door, new walk-in clinics: Efforts to vaccinate Metro Detroiters ramp up

The city of Detroit will start going door-to-door Monday to encourage people to visit one of its six neighborhood vaccination sites. It will also be expanding the “Good Neighbor” program, offering $50 gift cards to people who bring a Detroiter in to get a shot.

DETROIT – A push to get more people vaccinated starts Monday. It aims to bring vaccine clinics closer to residents and even will send officials going door-to-door.

As of May 2, about 50% of eligible Michiganders have gotten at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine -- short of the 70% needed to bring things back to normal.

READ: How long will it take Michigan to reach a 70% vaccination rate?

The vaccination rate has been lagging in places like Detroit and the new push hopes to change that.

Hitting the 70% mark will require ramping up accessibility to get the shot, awareness that it’s safe and effective and educating people about the misinformation about the vaccine.

That’s why Rep. Brenda Lawrence is kicking the vaccine effort in her 14th District into high gear. It starts with letting people know they don’t have to fuss with a registration process.

“We are all over Metro Detroit and ready for people to walk in,” Lawrence said. “That is the key. You don’t have to register. You can just walk in and get your vaccination.”

Whether it’s the clinics at Beaumont in Southfield, Henry Ford in Oak Park, Ford Field, the TCF Center or a Meijer -- officials want to get people to the vaccine or get the shot to them.

Residents of Wayne County who are unable to leave their homes can just pick up the phone in order to get a vaccine brought to them.

If you can take someone to get a shot, you can earn a $50 gift card thanks to Detroit’s Good Neighbor program.

Starting Monday, Detroit city officials will be going door-to-door near vaccination sites to let people know they can walk in.

“We buried 100 of our neighbors last month,” said Mayor Mike Duggan. “We don’t want to bury another 100 this month.”

Walk-ins at Ford Field will start Tuesday.

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