Samaritan Center clinic hopes to bridge vaccine gap in Detroit

The Samaritan Center clinic hopes to close the vaccine picking in Detroit

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 23% of Detroit residents received their first vaccine shot. The Samaritan Center Clinic hopes to increase the number of people vaccinated.

Sherrie Carson from Detroit was one of many who came to the Samaritan Center on Saturday to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

“I had to take a risk and come out and do it myself and listen to myself and know that I need it,” says Carson.

Like many people, Carson says she was afraid to take the vaccine because of misinformation on social media and from family and friends. After speaking to her doctors, she made an appointment, although she was nervous.

Tawana Nettles-Robinson of the Samaritan Center says she saw many hesitant people, especially from Detroit.

“Much of this has history and reliance on the medical system, and there are a variety of reasons why,” says Nettles-Robinson.

According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 23% of Detroit residents received their first dose of vaccine. By comparison, around 37% of Macombs and 45% of Oakland residents received their first shot.

According to Nettles-Robinson, the Samaritan Center, Wayne State University, Wayne Health, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and others are working together to make this clinic a reality.

The clinic will ensure that Detroit residents are vaccinated, and Nettles-Robinson believes this will help close the vaccination gap.

Up to 2,000 people can be vaccinated in this vaccination clinic. Appointments are recommended. The clinic is open on Sunday, April 11, 2021 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You can contact the Samaritan Center for more information.

5555 Conner St, Detroit, MI 48213

Phone: 313-448-9850

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