Detroit Battles COVID-19 Vaccination Rate After Year | Michigan News


DETROIT (AP) – The city of Detroit is approaching the first anniversary of its COVID-19 vaccine rollout as authorities continue to urge residents to get vaccinated or receive boosters.

More than 424,000 doses have been administered to residents aged 5 years and older since frontline medical staff and first responders began receiving vaccines on December 23, 2020.

During this period, more than 4,330 vaccination clinics were held at 513 sites in Detroit.

Since the coronavirus pandemic began in early 2020, more than 2,600 Detroit residents have died from the disease. But the city’s immunization rate of 44%, which includes children ages 5 and older, is still far lower than Michigan’s overall rate.

Detroit’s rate must reach 70% to achieve community immunity, according to Denise Fair Razo, the city’s public health official.

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“Vaccines are the best way we have to prevent serious illness,” Fair Razo said.

City workers and volunteers have visited nearly 400,000 homes with information about vaccines and immunize around 200 residents in their homes every day, Fair Razo said.

“In addition, we have a drive-thru site and extended hours sites, weekend sites, sites in churches, schools and stores,” she said. “Appointments are welcome. It is no longer acceptable or even appropriate to wait to get vaccinated. “

Of particular concern is the approach of the Christmas and New Years holidays, when many families and friends are spending time together indoors.

“Consider avoiding large indoor gatherings,” Fair Razo said. “But if you can’t, take precautions like wearing a mask, maintaining social distancing, and washing your hands. I would also recommend getting tested before you assemble, no more than 72 hours in advance.

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