Detroit opens COVID vaccination sites that don’t require appointments, sees low turnout

DETROIT Detroit opened four no-appointment vaccination sites to expedite vaccination of younger people against COVID-19.

The locations are the TCF Center, the Northwest Activities Center, the Farwell Recreation Center and the Samaritan Center. They are open for tours Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Starting April 5, all Michigan residents aged 16 and over will be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine.

The accessible vaccination station of the TCF center was practically empty for hours on Tuesday. Overall, health officials said turnout at the walk-in vaccination clinics was disappointing.

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Michigan continues its fight against the spread of COVID-19, now classified as “Serious” to a virus outbreak, as the state leads the nation in new virus cases.

Since mid-February of this year, the spread of coronavirus in Michigan has increased rapidly, causing renewed spikes in COVID cases and hospital stays. Earlier this month, the state led the United States in its number of new virus cases, viral infections and positive test rates every day. Unfortunately, until April 20, Michigan’s position has not changed much: The state is now classified as seriously at risk for a COVID-19 outbreak by the Covid Act Now – the only state currently classified at such a high level.

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On April 15, Covid Act Now raised Michigan’s risk from “very high” to severe as the spread of the virus increased. Since last year, the research group, made up of technologists, epidemiologists, health experts and politicians, has been monitoring and identifying each state’s risk level for a COVID outbreak in real time.

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