Detroit expands Senior Saturday neighborhood COVID vaccination sites to four locations this weekend

  • City adds two new Senior Saturday locations - Grace Community Church on the east side and Kemeny Recreation Center on the west side - doubling vaccine outreach to 2,000 Detroit senior citizens over the next four Saturdays
  • New locations are in addition to ongoing Senior Saturday events at Fellowship Chapel and Second Ebenezer Church
  • Also in addition to mini pop up sites at community locations serving seniors

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.  Those locations are:

  • Grace Community Church at 21001 Moross Road; 2/27, 3/6, 3/13 and 3/20
  • Kemeny Recreation Center at 2260 S. Fort Street; 2/27, 3/6, 3/13 and 3/20

Up to 500 doses of the vaccine will be available at both of the new locations for the next four Saturdays, as well as at the original Senior Saturday locations of Second Ebenezer and Fellowship Chapel, which will be held again on February 27 and March 6.  The added locations will double the City’s Senior Saturday outreach to 2,000 doses each weekend.

“This is a key part of the City’s equitable outreach strategy to bring this lifesaving vaccine to our most vulnerable residents,” said Denise Fair, chief public health officer. “We are working closely with our faith-based leaders to bring the vaccine to seniors, meeting them close to home. This vaccine remains the most important tool we have in fighting COVID-19, and it is crucial that we reach as many Detroiters as quickly as we can.”

Eligible residents can call 313-230-0505 to schedule their appointment at any of the four locations.

“The Health Department is doing a great job with its outreach to our most vulnerable populations and we are going to continue to work with community partners to make sure more eligible Detroit residents have the opportunity to be vaccinated in more neighborhoods across the city,” said Mayor Mike Duggan.

Fair also pointed out that the outreach is part of her strategy to increase the percentage of Detroiters vaccinated, which still lags behind surrounding areas and the state.

“As effective as our operation at TCF Center and our Health Department outreach has been, the reality is that there is a major gap we need to close to have Detroit residents vaccinated at the same level as other communities in our region and across the state,” Fair said.

According to the Michigan Vaccine Dashboard, residents in surrounding areas are being vaccinated at a much higher rate, mostly through hospital systems:

  • Michigan – 15.1%
  • Oakland County – 15.8%
  • Wayne County (outside of Detroit) – 14.7%
  • Macomb County – 13.1%
  • Detroit – 8.9%

To date, the Detroit Health Department has received 78,270 doses and has administered 92.7% of them.  Nearly half of the doses administered have been to senior citizens.

Additional outreach

Senior Saturday clinics are one component of the City’s plan to vaccinate as many eligible Detroiters as quickly as possible, which include Health Department community outreach clinics to those living in congregate settings such as senior apartments, homeless shelters, and adult foster care facilities.

In addition, the Health Department is working with trusted community partners to bring mobile vaccination clinics to Pop-Up sites, delivering the vaccine to up to 200 eligible Detroiters at locations across the city on an ad-hoc basis, targeting those zip codes with high positivity test rates for COVID-19 and a high population of seniors ages 65 and older.

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.

“No one should miss being vaccinated because they have difficulty reaching the TCF Center or due to lack of transportation,” said Fair.  “Our goal is to provide equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine, the same as we provided Detroiters with the most accessible testing program in the county.”

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

Those eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination may schedule an appointment by calling 313-230-0505.