Detroit’s Covid-19 Vaccination Efforts Lag Behind as Infections Surge Again in Michigan

For the past week, thousands of people have gone to a soccer stadium in downtown Detroit every day to get their Covid-19 vaccine.

The process receives great reviews. Parking is easy, the lines are quick and well organized. People post pictures of themselves after taking the picture on social media.

The only thing missing: a lot of Detroiters.

The mass vaccination center at Ford Field was set up in part by federal and state officials to focus on low-income, disabled and minority residents in the city who were devastated by coronavirus last spring and wanted to fight another wave of infections.

But many of those who come are white out-of-towers, as evidenced by the vaccine recipient demographics. According to the latest US census estimates, nearly 80% of the population in Detroit is black, while according to the US state, only 13% of those vaccinated at the Ford Field site since it opened on March 23 have been black.

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