All Detroiters 60 or older with chronic medical conditions can now get vaccines at TCF

Residents of Detroit ages 60 or older with chronic medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to COVID can now get vaccinated at the TCF Center, Mayor Mike Duggan announced today.

“Detroit is committed to making vaccines available to all our most vulnerable residents,” Duggan said.  “People with diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, or other chronic conditions have death rates from COVID far greater than the general population.”

Detroit Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair called today’s announcement, “A major step forward in reducing the worst effects of COVID.”  Fair added, “I am glad with the Governor’s support we are able to reduce the age for those with chronic disease to 60.  It’s my hope in the near future we will be able to lower it again to age 55.”

Residents 60 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.  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

Those 60+ with chronic conditions can call immediately at 313-230-0505 and can get an appointment as early as this week.  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.

The announcement is the latest move by the city to reach its most vulnerable populations. Last week, the Mayor opened eligibility to residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their live-in caregivers and announced Senior Saturdays, as a series of weekend vaccination events for Detroiters age 65 or older. He also announced a program to provide $2 rides to the TCF center for Detroit residents who may not have their own transportation.  That program includes wheelchair accessible vehicles for individuals with physical disabilities.

The full list of eligible individuals who can schedule appointments at TCF now includes:

  • Food Service Workers, including grocery store, restaurant, meat packing and food and beverage handling employees living or working in Detroit (NEW)
  • Security guards and janitors living or working in Detroit (NEW)
  • Any resident of the City of Detroit who is age 65 or older (born in 1955 or before)
  • K-12 teachers and support staff and day care 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
  • Residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their live-in caregivers
  • Residents 60 and older with chronic health conditions
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.

Grocery store and security guard employees scheduling appointments will be required to provide their name, residence address and age. 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 to 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.