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Detroit officials working to triple number of COVID-19 vaccines administered


With more doses on hand, officials in Detroit are trying to triple the number of coronavirus vaccines they administer. But, the city lags behind neighboring suburbs.

More than 22-thousand doses have been put into arms in Detroit according to Michigan’s Covid-19 vaccine dashboard. That’s tens-of thousands less than the rest of Wayne County, and Oakland and Macomb Counties. Mayor Mike Duggan says its because hospitals in surrounding communities are leading the vaccine distribution, and have access to patients and records.

“In Detroit, our residents tend not to have a primary care doctor as often. Tend not to be on the internet as often.”

Duggan says the Detroit Health Department is conducting the bulk of the city’s vaccinations. He says health officials received 15-thousand Moderna doses this week as eligibility expands to food service workers, janitors, and security guards.