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DDOT Executive Director, first DDOT coach operators receive COVID vaccine Friday
- Detroit Department of Transportation’s Executive Director of Transit, C. Mikel Oglesby, received his first COVID vaccine Friday
- Vaccination program part of large-scale, citywide effort to vaccinate seniors and essential workers
Detroit Department of Transportation employees, including the Executive Director of Transit and coach operators, were among the first city employees to receive vaccinations for COVID-19 on Friday, January 8.
Vaccinating DDOT employees is part of a citywide effort to begin distributing 20,000 vaccinations over the next four weeks. In addition to DDOT operators, those eligible to receive vaccinations at this time are police officers, those age 75 and older, K-12 teachers, child care employees, and those in homeless shelters.
“The health and safety of our operators and riders has been our top priority since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said DDOT’s Executive Director of Transit, C. Mikel Oglesby. “We remain certain this vaccination effort will help reduce the spread of COVID-19 so we can get back to focusing on providing the quality transportation Detroiters deserve. This effort is about being safe and I’m ready to get it started.”
Michael Sullivan, a DDOT driver for nearly 10 years, was among the drivers immunized yesterday. He said he decided to be immunized not only for his fellow operators, but for his family, and added afterward that he felt fine. “This is a step in the right direction for all drivers to take the shot,” he said.
DDOT operators will have the option to receive their vaccination at their assigned terminal. The first round of vaccinations for operators should take about one week and is not mandatory.
DDOT has worked with the City of Detroit and public health officials in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and protect operators and riders, including:
- Requiring all persons on DDOT coaches to wear face coverings for the entire time on the coach.
- With the exception of ADA front-door boarding, requiring all passengers enter and exit the coach through the rear door.
- Limiting Coach Operator passenger interactions while on the bus and requiring passengers remain at a safe distance behind barriers through the duration of the ride.
DDOT suspended fare collection last March to reduce the possibility of contact between operator and rider and has provided masks to bus riders as supplies lasted. The department is currently installing protective barriers in coaches to further protect both rider and driver.
The Detroit Department of Transportation (DDOT) is the largest public transit provider in Michigan that serves the City of Detroit, surrounding suburbs, and neighboring cities, including Highland Park and Hamtramck. DDOT prides itself on providing reliable, clean, safe, and efficient service to an average of 85,000 riders daily. For routes and fare information, visit ridedetroittransit.com.
Tracey Lynn Pearson