City expands vaccine eligibility to all Detroiters age 50+

Mayor announces return of hundreds of city workers to full-time employment starting April 12
  • Detroiters age 50+  and city employees can call today for appointments  
  • 750 city workers will return from part-time workshare to full-time thanks to replacement of lost city revenues under Pres. Biden’s American Rescue Plan

Hundreds of Detroit city employees that have been on a reduced hour work-share plan for the past year to save the city money will return to work starting April 12, thanks to funding coming to the city as part of President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan.  Under the President’s plan, the city will receive millions of dollars to cover lost revenues the city experienced due to the Covid pandemic. 

“For the past year, these workers sacrificed so our city could keep a balanced budget while still providing our core services,” said Mayor Mike Duggan.  “Now that the President is replacing the city’s lost revenues, we are able to bring these workers back and I thank them for their sacrifice and their service over the past year.”

He also announced that any Detroiter age 50 or older can call today to schedule an appointment. Previously, a resident of that age was required to also have a chronic medical condition. Appointments can be made by calling 313-230-0505. This is likely to be one of the last gradual expansions before the Governor opens vaccine eligibility to anyone over the age of 16 starting on April 5th. 

“We are expecting a significant increase soon in vaccine shipments and are planning now to be able to scale up our operations to meet the demand,” the Mayor said.  

Senior Saturdays schedule

The City of Detroit is expanding its delivery of the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible Detroiters (seniors ages 60 and older with chronic conditions, and those ages 65 and older) with the addition of two new Senior Saturday locations starting this weekend.

The complete list of locations and dates is:

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  1. Greater Emmanuel COGIC at 19190 Schaefer 
  2. New Providence Baptist at 18211 Plymouth 
  3. Grace Community Church at 21001 Moross Road 
  4. Kemeny Recreation Center at 2260 S. Fort Street 
  5. Fellowship Chapel at 7707 W. Outer Drive 
  6. Second Ebenezer Church at 14601 Dequindre 
  7. Great Faith International at 10735 Grand River
  8. Galilee Baptist at 5251 E. Outer Drive

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.   

$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 resident of the City of Detroit who is age 50 or older (born in 1955 or before)   
  • Manufacturing employees living or working in Detroit 
  • 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 
  • U.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.

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.