Washtenaw County will receive an additional 2,500 doses of COVID vaccine for most of the vulnerable residents

YPSILANTI, me. – The Washtenaw County Health Department announced a new pilot as an additional 2,500 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine were received from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The health department applied for the additional vaccines as part of the MDHHS COVID-19 pilot project.

With the help of local partners and executives, the health department will host several pop-ups in areas with a high index of social security vulnerabilities. The events are happening this week and next, and the doses are in addition to the regular vaccine allocations from the Department of Health.

The vaccination pop-up events are open to residents aged 50 and over with disabilities or illnesses who live in the high priority areas of the county. Pop-ups planned after March 22nd are open to everyone aged 50 and over in the prioritized districts.

Organized with leaders from African American and Latin American communities and partner organizations, the events are held in community and church settings to reach as many residents as possible.

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Priority areas include the east side of Washtenaw County and areas of Ann Arbor and Pittsfield Township, including zip codes 48197, 48198, 48108, and 48105.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult for all of us, but some areas and communities in Washtenaw County have been harder hit,” said Jimena Loveluck, health officer for the Washtenaw County’s Department of Health, in a press release. “We are committed to ensuring equitable access to vaccines for our African American and Latinx community members, and we are grateful that the vaccine provides additional pop-up clinics in the community.”

Thirty-one percent of Washtenaw County’s COVID-19 cases were concentrated in the east side of the county as well as zip codes 48197 and 48198.

Although African Americans make up only 12 percent of Washtenaw County’s population, they represent 27 percent of hospital admissions and 22 percent of COVID-19-related deaths. Similarly, Hispanic and / or Latin American residents only make up five percent of the local population, but account for 6 percent of local COVID-19 cases.

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Pop-up clinics and community distribution locations include:

  • Saturday, March 20: Ypsilanti High School from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Drive-thru format in the Shadford Field parking lot.

  • Monday March 22: Bethel AME in Ann Arbor from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Tuesday, March 23rd: Second Baptist Church in Ypsilanti from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Wednesday, March 24th: New Covenant Missionary Baptist 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. drive-thru format.

Appointments should be made with Packard Health. Registration is required to avoid overfilling and ensure adequate doses. Community leaders, staff, and volunteers will register directly for each location.

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Eligible individuals can call 734-544-6700 and choose which pop-up clinic they want to attend, or email [email protected]

“These pop-up sites are designed to remove barriers to vaccines for local color communities,” said a health ministry press release. “The sites will remove barriers to transportation by embedding vaccination efforts in environments that are easily accessible to residents. Information and materials will be available in multiple languages, as well as via phone lines and community members.

“Trusted faith and community leaders, as well as health care providers known to community members, will help promote the pop-ups and schedule appointments to remove barriers related to lack of internet access or difficulties with technology.”

The Department of Health popups are hosted in partnership with Michigan Medicine, St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor, Packard Health, and community partners.

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“Michigan Medicine is committed to partnering and enabling pop-up clinics as every shot counts as we fight COVID-19 together,” said Dana Habers, co-head of the COVID-19 task force on vaccines and medicine Therapeutics from Michigan Medicine, in a statement. “We are determined to ensure equitable access to vaccines. This is of tremendous importance to our entire community and we are excited to be part of this effort.”

“We are excited to support these efforts to improve access to COVID-19 vaccinations with our community partners,” said Ann Arbor Alonzo Lewis, president of St. Joseph Mercy, in a statement. “Through such efforts, in addition to other work St. Joe’s is doing in the community to improve the fair distribution of vaccines, we hope that we can remove obstacles and continue on the path to ending this pandemic.”

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