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Metro Detroit gains another big vaccination site; everyone over 16 is eligible

April 05, 2021, 8:23 AM

Up to 5,000 Covid shots will be given daily at the newest Detroit-area mass vaccination site, run by Oakland County at the UMW Sports Complex in Pontiac.

It joins Ford Field and TCF Center in Detroit as places where residents with appointments line up for vaccinations -- a safeguard available to anyone 16 and older, as of today. 

Where to sign up for free virus protection:

  • Pontiac sports complex, 867 S. Boulevard E.: "Save Your Spot

  • Ford Field: Meijer site or text EndCOVID to 75049 or call (888) 535-6136 (press 1)

  • TCF Center: (313) 230-0505, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. weekdays (Detroiters and anyone working in the city)

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The governor speaks to media at Pontiac's new site Friday. (Photo: United Wholesale Mortgage)

Michigan expects 620,040 doses this week from the federal distribution program, its largest weekly batch. That word came from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer at the Pontiac site, where she added Friday that allotments should increase this month as the U.S. supply increases, Detroit News coverage says.

The governor, who said she plans to get her vaccine Tuesday, ... on Friday announced 37 "pop-up" testing sites across Michigan to encourage people headed to or returning from spring break to get tested for the virus.

When asked when the state will reach the 70% threshold of herd immunity, she said: "It depends on all of us."

As of Friday, more that 2.8 million people in Michigan -- 35% of those over 16 -- had at least one shot, state data shows. More than 1.6 million are fully vaccinated.

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(Graphic: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services)

"I urge all Michiganders in Oakland County and statewide to get vaccinated as soon as they are eligible," the gpovernor said Friday, "because the safe Covid-19 vaccines are the most effective way to protect you and your family and return to the normalcy we all crave." 

Other large vaccination sites in Oakland County are at Suburban Showplace in Novi, Southfield Pavilion and the United Food and Commercial Workers union hall in Madison Heights.



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