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COVID-19 vaccines open to 16 and up with medical conditions, disabilities March 22, all over 16 April 5

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 12, 2021

Mass vaccination site to open in Southeast Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) officials announced today the state is expanding vaccination eligibility for Michiganders ages 16 and older with disabilities or medical conditions that put them at high risk of negative COVID-19 outcome beginning Monday, March 22.  Two days later, Ford Field will begin serving as a mass vaccination site for Southeast Michigan residents.

The state also announced that beginning Monday, April 5, all residents age 16 and up will be eligible to receive a vaccine.

The announcements follow recent vaccine rollout expansions which began March 8 for residents age 50 and older with medical conditions or disabilities and caregiver family members and guardians who care for children with special health care needs. Also beginning March 22, vaccine eligibility includes all residents ages 50 and older.

Beginning March 24, Ford Field in Detroit will begin providing up to 6,000 doses a day for eight weeks to residents in southeast Michigan. The Biden Administration partnered with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide the federal government’s vaccination pilot program. The site was selected according to the CDC’s priority tool to help those hardest hit and most vulnerable. It will operate from 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week.

Providers are still encouraged to schedule appointments and allocate vaccinations to residents based on highest risk, including older residents, essential workers, and frontline workers. The most recent vaccine prioritization guidelines can be found in the link below. For additional details, click on Michigan’s Coronavirus website link below.

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