City expands vaccine eligibility to Detroit residents age 50+ with chronic medical conditions

City expands vaccine eligibility to Detroit residents age 50+ with chronic medical conditions.


  • Eligible Detroiters can call 313-230-0505 today to schedule as early as Monday 
  • City reaches milestone of 100,000 doses administered

Residents of Detroit ages 50 or older with chronic medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID can now get vaccinated at the TCF Center, Mayor Mike Duggan and Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair announced today.

“We were glad to see the Governor announce yesterday she was expanding eligibility to all Michigan residents age 50 if they have chronic medical conditions and so we are now able to provide access to the vaccine to those Detroit residents who are now eligible,” Duggan said. “We know that people with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions have death rates from COVID far greater than the general population, so being able to be vaccinated is extremely important to them.”

Residents 50 or older with comorbidities or with underlying health conditions wishing to make an appointment at TCF can do so starting today by calling 313-230-0505. Appointments will be available as early as Monday.  Wheelchair-accessible transportation can be arranged after your vaccination appointment is scheduled by calling 313-208-7364. Among the conditions covered by the Mayor’s directive are:

·       Cancer (current & in remission)

·       Asthma

·       Heart conditions

·       Hypertension

·       Sickle cell disease

·       Cerebrovascular disease

·       Chronic kidney disease

·       Pulmonary fibrosis

·       HIV

·       COPD

·       Type 1 or 2 diabetes

·       Alzheimer’s disease

·       Dementia

·       Cystic fibrosis

·       Cardiomyopathy

·       Liver disease

·       Dementia

·       Coronary artery disease


When arriving for the appointment at TCF, the patient will be asked to show evidence of their condition, such as a health provider note, insurance record, prescription bottle or any other document that verifies their condition.

City reaches 100,000th dose administered

The city reached a major milestone today when it administered its 100,000th dose of the COVID vaccine at the TCF Center.  The doses reflect all administered (1st and 2nd doses) at the TCF Center, as well as at all Detroit Health Department outreach locations, including Senior apartment buildings and Senior Saturday events, as well as homeless shelters and other congregate settings with vulnerable populations.

“Our Chief Operating Officer Hakim Berry and Deputy Chief of Staff Elisa Malile deserve enormous credit for the nearly flawless job they have done standing up and operating the TCF Center to make it so easy and accessible for Detroiters,” said Mayor Duggan.  “We still have a lot of work to do and I know that as vaccine supply increases they will have a plan in place that is just as well run.”

As of today, the city has vaccinated nearly 40,000 Detroiters over the age of 60, almost 6,000 essential city employees, 9,500 school teachers and staff, and more than 7,000 grocery store workers and food handlers.   Of the Detroit residents vaccinated, more than 82% of those providing their race indicated they are African American, while 15% are White and 3% are other races.  This information and more is updated regularly on the city’s COVID Vaccine dashboard at

“Administering 100,000 doses of this life-saving vaccine is a major accomplishment that would not have been possible so quickly without the tremendous support of so many of our community partners,” said Fair.  “It also serves as a reminder of how many more Detroiters we still need to reach, especially our most vulnerable residents, and we won’t stop until every Detroiter who wants a vaccine can get it.”

Senior Saturdays

The City of Detroit is expanding its delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Detroiters (seniors ages 60 and older and those age 50 and older with chronic conditions) with the addition of two new Senior Saturday locations starting this weekend.  The complete list of locations and dates is:

  1. Greater Emmanuel COGIC at 19190 Schaefer, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27
  2. New Providence Baptist at 18211 Plymouth, 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27
  3. Grace Community Church at 21001 Moross Road. 3/6, 3/13 and 3/20
  4. Kemeny Recreation Center at 2260 S. Fort Street. 3/6, 3/13 and 3/20
  5. Fellowship Chapel at 7707 W. Outer Drive. 3/6 (second doses begin 3/13)
  6. Second Ebenezer Church at 14601 Dequindre. 3/6 (second doses begin 3/13)

The time for each Senior Saturday location is 9 AM until 1 PM, except Fellowship Chapel, which will run from 9 AM until 2 PM, due to higher demand.  Up to 500 doses of the vaccine will be available at each location each day.  The added locations will increase the City’s Senior Saturday outreach to up to 3,000 doses each weekend.

$2 rides available

The City continues to schedule appointments for vaccinations at TCF Center and is providing rides to TCF for just $2 to Detroiters who need transportation.  Rides must be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance of an appointment.  If a wheelchair-accessible vehicle is required, one will be provided. Eligible Detroiters can book an appointment by calling 313-230-0505.

The full list of eligible individuals who can schedule appointments at TCF now includes:
  • Any Detroit resident age 50 or older with chronic health conditions
  • Any resident of the City of Detroit who is age 60 or older    
  • Manufacturing employees living or working in Detroit
  • Good Neighbors age 55 or older, regardless of residency, if they drive an eligible Detroiter age 60 or older to TCF and have scheduled an appointment at the same time.
  • Food Service Workers, including grocery store, restaurant, meatpacking, and food and beverage handling employees living or working in Detroit (NEW)
  • Security guards and janitors living or working in Detroit (NEW)
  • K-12 teachers and support staff and daycare workers
  • S. Post Office Employees who live or work in Detroit
  • Employees of the City of Detroit or city-related agencies who are working from their regular job site (Employees working from home are not eligible at this time
  • State and Federal Law enforcement working in Detroit
  • Members of the Clergy interacting with members of their congregation
  • Funeral Home/mortuary employees working in Detroit
  • Paid and unpaid persons in health care settings who have the potential for direct or indirect exposure to patients or infectious materials working in Detroit
  • Members of the city’s disabled community
  • Home health care workers living in Detroit
Scheduling details

Vaccinations will be administered by appointment only.  Workers and residents will not be vaccinated without having first made an appointment. Individuals must call 313-230-0505 to schedule. For greater efficiency and convenience, the city is recommending that when possible, eligible members of the same family or neighbors schedule jointly and arrive in the same vehicle.  Group B essential workers will be required to provide the name of their employer and their most recent pay stub to verify their eligibility.

Second vaccination required

When they schedule their appointment, individuals will be provided TWO appointment dates, one for the first dose and another for the required second dose.  Call center staff will contact each scheduled person prior to their second appointment to remind them.  Individuals also will be provided specific instructions on when and where to arrive at the TCF Center, where they will be required to fill out a basic consent form.

After receiving their vaccination, individuals will be required to remain in their vehicles inside the TCF garage for a period of approximately 15 minutes to make sure they are not experiencing any side effects.  Medical staff will be on hand to assist any who may experience any side effects.  Appointments should last approximately one hour once the person enters the TCF garage.