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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 Jefferson North Assembly and the new Mack Assembly Jeep plants will be vaccinated in a partnership between Stellantis and Ascension Medical Group.

 

Stellantis is administering vaccines at the FCA Family Health and Wellness Center. Employees will receive information on how to make an appointment.

 

“We will be starting at the two Jeep plants," Duggan said. "If you work at one of the two Jeep plants, you can expect your company will provide vaccinations."

 

Stellantis' employees will be given more detailed instructions on the program in the coming days. The company will contact workers at the Jeep plants directly to schedule their appointments, the city said in a statement.

 

A Stellantis spokeswoman said the automaker is pleased that Detroit is making vaccines available to manufacturing workers who live or work in the city.

 

"We are partnering with Ascension Medical Group to administer the vaccines for our employees at the company’s new health and wellness center in Detroit," said Jodi Tinson. "Today’s announcement is an important step in protecting our employees and our communities, so we can return to the lives we all want to live. We look forward to working with other health departments to make vaccines available to the rest of our Stellantis employees following local distribution plans." 

 

The city is also administering shots to employees at Ford supplier Flex-N-Gate and Stellantis supplier Dakkota, among others, Duggan said.

 

In addition to Detroit, Boone County, IL, will provide Stellantis vaccines for employees at Belvidere Assembly, where the Jeep Cherokee is built, the UAW said. 

 

Stellantis recently secured shots through Illinois' Boone County Health Department and already administered them to about a third of its workforce at Belvidere Assembly. These vaccines will be that group's second dose.

 

"But this is only a start," Estrada said. "We continue to work with the companies’ local, state, and federal health officials to secure vaccines for all working families that want to receive them.”

 

Any other large manufacturer located in Detroit who wants on-site vaccinations should contact...


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