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City of Detroit Offering 2nd Round of mRNA Boosters for Ages 50+, Immunocompromised

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A nurse prepares a vaccine to a person. (Lucas Aguayo - Anadolu Agency)
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Apr 04, 2022 - 08:10 AM

The City of Detroit is providing a second round of booster doses of both Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines at all city-run vaccination sites, following FDA approval, for those ages 50+ and for eligible people who are immunocompromised and at risk for developing severe complications of COVID-19. Fully vaccinated (plus boosted) individuals who are ages 50+ or immunocompromised may receive the second booster dose (can be Pfizer or Moderna) if they received their initial booster dose at least four months prior.

Second-round booster doses are available at all Detroit Health Department vaccination locations. People who have been vaccinated and/or initially boosted with J&J vaccines are also eligible to receive a second booster of mRNA vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) if they are age 50+ or immunocompromised. Pfizer is the only vaccine currently authorized for people under the age of 18.

“We want Detroiters to stay safe from COVID-19, and the data supports vaccination and booster doses for those who are eligible,” said Denise Fair Razo, Chief Public Health Officer. “Vaccinations remain the best tool we have in slowing the spread of COVID-19 and all variants, and in protecting against severe complications of the disease.”

“Keeping up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations plus boosters can help protect individuals from getting infected with COVID-19 and having a severe outcome if they do contract COVID-19,” said Dr. Robert Dunne, Acting Medical Director of the Detroit Health Department. “During the recent Omicron surge, those who were boosted were seven times less likely to be hospitalized, and 21 times less likely to die of COVID-19 if they did contract the virus.”

COVID-19 vaccinations are recommended for everyone ages 5+. Initial boosters are recommended for everyone ages 12+. First and second-round booster shots are available at all City of Detroit vaccination sites, as well as home visits. Below is a list of current vaccination sites:

Walk-in Locations (Ages 12+):

Samaritan Center                                5555 Conner Ave                    M-F      10 AM – 6 PM

NW Activities Center                          18100 Meyers                          M-F      10 AM – 6 PM

SAT      9 AM – 1 PM

Pediatric Immunizations (Ages 5-11) by appointment:

Detroit Health Department                100 Mack Avenue                   M-F      8 AM – 6 PM

Northwest Activities Center               18100 Meyers                         M-F      10 AM – 6 PM

SAT      9 AM – 1 PM

Appointments are encouraged for all vaccination sites, call 313-230-0505 or schedule an appointment online at www.vaccinatedetroit.com.  Bring vaccination card to the appointment. Walk-ins welcome.

The Detroit Health Department is providing free COVID-19 tests to everyone who lives or works in Detroit at the Joseph Walker Williams Community Center (8431 Rosa Parks Blvd.). Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 4:30 PM. By appointment only:  313-230-0505.

Additionally, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services is distributing free at-home test kits for Detroiters on a first-come, first-serve basis (one kit/person and up to five kits/household) at the following seven public library locations plus mobile locations in Detroit (during business hours):

Detroit Public Library                            5201 Woodward Avenue

Detroit Public Library-Campbell         8733 Vernor Highway

Detroit Public Library-Edison              18400 Joy Road

Detroit Public Library-Jefferson          12350 East Outer Drive

Detroit Public Library-Parkman           1766 Oakman Blvd.

Detroit Public Library-Redford             21200 Grand River

Detroit Public Library-Wilder               7140 East 7 Mile Road

Detroit Public Library – Mobile           various locations

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