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Detroit Mayor Douggan to promote "Vaccinations against COVID-19"


Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says the city will launch what he calls a “major” initiative this week to promote vaccinations against COVID-19. The move is part of a coordinated nationwide effort by federal officials and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

The conference calls it the “Mayor’s Challenge”, a competition set in conjunction with the White House and the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.   

Dozens of mayors will vie to see which city can increase the rate of vaccinations the most by the Fourth of July.  

In a statement, Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan says this week he’ll announce a new strategy to reach city residents.  

Detroit already offers 50-dollar incentives for those who drive someone to a vaccination site, walk-in and pop-up clinics.  And teams are going door-to-door to extol the virtues of being inoculated against COVID.  

But the overall rate of vaccinations in Michigan has stalled.  

Only about a third of Detroiters have received a COVID vaccine.