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Detroit expands in-home vaccination program to everyone 12 and older

Elaine Cromie
Bridge Michigan

Any Detroiter aged 12 and older can now get a COVID-19 vaccine in their own home, as Detroit expands its at-home vaccination effort beyond the homebound population.

Detroit is lagging the rest of the state when it comes to vaccinations—only about 37% of Detroiters 12 and up have received at least one shot so far, compared to about 56% statewide.

Detroit Health Department director Denise Fair says the at-home vaccination program is an effort to remove any lingering barriers to people getting vaccinated. “We want to make sure everyone who wants a vaccine can get one and this latest effort is taking it one step further,” Fair said. “This is an even more personalized and public health approach. We are making house calls to anyone who wants to get vaccinated.” 

Detroiters can call 313-230-0505 and get appointments for an in-home vaccine. More than 150 teams will also canvas the city, knocking on doors and offering shots on the spot to people who want them. According to the city, those teams will be clearly identified as vaccinators and carry identification so people will feel comfortable letting them into their homes.

The city will also continue its efforts to vaccinate homebound people in their homes. That program launched earlier this month.

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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