Detroit’s expanded ‘Good Neighbor’ program permits anybody over 55 to get vaccinated in the event that they escort an eligible Detroit senior
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The State Farm Insurance folks, as well as the late great Mr. Rogers, would likely be very interested in Detroit’s recent drive to vaccinate more people through the Good Neighbor program.
Starting Wednesday, the city expanded the program to allow subway Detroiters 55 and older to schedule a vaccination at the TCF Center’s Detroit Vaccination Site, provided they bring a Detroit citizen over 60 with underlying or similar health problems Detroiters over 65 to get vaccinated too. Appointments for both parties must be agreed at the same time.
“Thanks to Governor Whitmer’s announcement today that we are expanding the Good Neighbor Program, we can once again expand access to vaccination at the TCF Center to anyone who knows a Detroit citizen 60 and older and is ready to drive them to their appointment,” so Mayor Mike Duggan said in a statement. “We want to make sure we take every opportunity to vaccinate our most vulnerable residents, especially our seniors.”
According to Detroitmi.gov, the list of conditions includes cancer (currently and in remission), asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, sickle cell disease, HIV, COPD, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, cystic fibrosis, and liver disease, among others.
The Good Neighbors Program, which aims to vaccinate older and more vulnerable populations, is an extension of the city’s Seniors Saturday Program, which serves as pop-up vaccination centers for Detroit’s seniors. Currently, the locations for people aged 60 and over with chronic illnesses and people aged 65 and over include the Grace Community Church at Moross Road 21001, the Kemeny Recreation Center at S. Fort St. 2260, and the Fellowship Chapel at 7707 W. Outer Drive and the Second Ebenezer Church in 14601 Dequindre St.
Those who need a ride to senior Saturday locations, the TCF center, or local Meijer stores that deliver vaccines and can’t find a “good neighbor” to accompany them can use IntelliRide, a city-hired transportation service , who offers trips to vaccination sites a $ 2 fee that can be waived for those who cannot afford to pay.
The city recently extended its immunization eligibility to Detroit residents aged 18 and over with disabilities and developmental disorders such as cerebral palsy, autism, Down’s syndrome, muscular dystrophy, ADHD, spina bifida, and people with hearing and visual impairments.
According to the City of Detroit’s COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard, 9.8% of Detroit residents have been vaccinated and given more than 79,000 doses.
The full list of authorized persons who can schedule appointments with TCF now includes:
- Food service workers, including grocery, restaurant, meat packers, and food and beverage handling workers who live or work in Detroit
- Security guards and caretakers who live or work in Detroit
- Any resident of the city of Detroit who is 65 years of age or older (born 1955 or earlier)
- K-12 teachers and support staff and day carers
- S. Post employees who live or work in Detroit
- Detroit city employees or city agencies working from their regular construction site (employees who work from home are not currently eligible
- State and federal law enforcement agencies operate in Detroit
- Members of the clergy interact with members of their ward
- Undertaker / undertaker in Detroit
- Paid and unpaid healthcare professionals who may be exposed, directly or indirectly, to patients or infectious materials who work in Detroit
- Members of the city’s disabled community
- Domestic servants living in Detroit
Good neighbors appointments can be made by calling 313-230-0505. For more information about Detroit vaccination centers and licensing requirements, visit Detroitmi.gov.
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