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Friday, 05 March 2021 17:51

At Least 8,000 Autoworkers in Detroit Now Eligible to Get COVID-19 Vaccine

Written by Jamie L. LaReau, Detroit Free Press
Vehicles pull in as people wait to get their first shot of the Moderna vaccine Feb. 3 in an underground parking garage at TCF Center in downtown Detroit. Vehicles pull in as people wait to get their first shot of the Moderna vaccine Feb. 3 in an underground parking garage at TCF Center in downtown Detroit. Ryan Garza, Detroit Free Press

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The Detroit Three's autoworkers who live or work in Detroit can now get their COVID-19 vaccines. 

That means at least 8,000 union members working for Stellantis, formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, will be eligible for the shots. Most of those workers work for two Jeep plants in Detroit, others live in the city and work for other Stellantis facilities. 

 

Also thousands more manufacturing workers, even those who work for Ford Motor Co. and General Motors, can also get the vaccine, provided they live in Detroit. 

 

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan on March 2 expanded vaccine availability in the city to those in manufacturing.

 

“Manufacturing requires large numbers of employees to work in relatively close proximity to each other day after day," Duggan said. "So we felt it was important to prioritize them as a group to protect them, the public and our economy."

 

The city will start by offering the shots to employees of Stellantis' two Jeep plants as well as to other autoworkers at the TCF Center downtown.

 

The city is using either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. It has not yet received any of the Johnson & Johnson shots that have just been approved. Detroit has received 106,000 Moderna shots and 21,530 Pfizer shots.

 

Any autoworker at the Detroit Three manufacturing plants can get a vaccine from the city, and there are no age restrictions, Duggan said. The only criteria is the autoworker must either live in Detroit or work in Detroit. 

 

“If you live in the city, but work in Dearborn or Warren---or no matter where you live, but you work in Detroit---all you have to do is call the number and get your vaccine in a matter of days," Duggan said.

 

To schedule an appointment, autoworkers who match that criteria can call 313-230-0505. They will need to show proof of employment such as a pay stub or company ID when they arrive at TCF for their appointment, Duggan said.

 

In a show of solidarity March 2, UAW Vice President Cindy Estrada rolled up her sleeve and received a vaccine at the Detroit Police Department as Duggan looked on.

 

"I am choosing today to get the vaccine and I hope all the UAW workers who feel comfortable with it will get the vaccine as well at the TCF Center," Estrada said.

 

The mayor said that all employees at...


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