Ford Field may become a Metro Detroit hub for up to 6,000 daily Covid shots

February 23, 2021, 8:45 AM

The Detroit Lions' stadium could serve as a large-scale Covid vaccination site this spring with federal help, the Freep says.

Officials with federal and state governments, including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the City of Detroit and Wayne County were among those at the venue Monday, a source who was at Ford Field Monday told the Free Press. ...

A FEMA spokesperson said Monday evening that ... [it] "is assessing locations and identifying resources for potential vaccination sites, as well as working to ensure any federally supported site meets the needs of the community it will serve.”

(Graphic: Federal Emergency Management Agency)

The possible Ford Field clinic for "would be equipped to vaccinate 6,000 people a day [and] likely would not open until the end of March," the tipster tells the paper. Its initial focus reportedly would be communities of color, the elderly and low-income residents.

This pending addition downtown would supplement drive-through lanes at TCF Center, which opened Jan. 13 and where roughly 3,000 Detroiters get shots each weekday from the city health department.

The Biden administration is working to pick up the vaccination pace significantly. Four federally supported sites will be set up in the next two weeks in Florida (Orlando, Miami, Jacksonville and Tampa) and one at the Philadelphia Convention Center, the White House said last Friday.

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