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Detroit expands COVID-19 vaccinations at TCF Center

a line of people waiting in a drab beige hallway to get the covid-19 vaccine
Kate Wells
Michigan Radio

Detroit’s TCF Center will soon be giving out around 8,000 COVID-19 vaccinations every day, Mayor Mike Duggan announced on Wednesday.

The city is already administering about 5,000 shots a day through TCF’s drive-thru vaccination site, and will continue to do so.

Starting next week, a walk-in option will also be available at TCF. Duggan said they expect to give out about 3,000 shots a day to walk-ins.

Appointments are required for both, but getting a walk-in appointment might be quicker, Duggan said.

“We’re getting huge numbers of calls from our 20 and 30 and 40 year olds, which is absolutely great. It’s what we want,” Duggan said. “We need now to speed up how fast you can get the vaccine.”

With COVID cases spiking in Detroit and statewide, Duggan said it’s urgent that Detroiters of all ages try to get vaccinated as soon as possible. Fewer than 20% of Detroiters have received at least one vaccine dose so far.

“Statewide, it’s about 33% [vaccine coverage],” Duggan said. “We are continuing to lag behind, and we have got to speed up the rate of vaccinations of Detroiters.”

Appointments are required for both types of vaccination at TCF Center. Anyone sixteen or older who lives or works in-person in Detroit is eligible to get vaccinated through the city.

Duggan said the city is also working to expand appointments at the Northwest Activities Center, where it’s administering the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“As soon as the federal government tells us when more Johnson & Johnson vaccines are in, we're going to open that up,” Duggan said. “Before long, we will be operating five days a week out of the Northwest Activities Center.”

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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