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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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...their liaison at Detroit at Work, the mayor said.

 

GM, which has Factory ZERO in Detroit and Hamtramck, is in discussion with the city on the specifics for a vaccine program for its workers, a spokesman said. 

 

GM has said Factory Zero, which is currently under construction, will employ 2,200 workers when production begins later this year. 

 

“GM is pleased to learn of efforts to expand vaccine availability," said David Caldwell, GM spokesman. "We have recently discussed this with the city, and look forward to working with them as soon as possible. We’re encouraging employees to get the vaccine when and where it’s available, and we will inform our employees as we gather more information.”

 

Ford does not have any factories in the city, but it and GM likely have employees who live there and work at suburban plants. Neither Caldwell nor a spokeswoman for Ford provided figures for how many plant employees lived in Detroit.

 

In reaction to the news, Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker said the health and safety of its workforce is top priority.

 

"We are encouraging our employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine when they are eligible and if they are medically able to do so," Felker said. "Ford is working with government officials around the world to help ensure our employees have access to vaccines as they become available." 

 

The automakers have said they were working with...


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