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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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...public health officials on vaccine availability and priority group determinations in each state. In November, Ford ordered a dozen ultra-cold freezers to store the vaccines that require it. 

 

UAW leaders and the Detroit Three speak regularly to work on a plan to get the vaccine to all 150,000 union members at the three carmakers. But they too are still waiting on various states, including Michigan, to offer more details on vaccine availability. 

 

Detroit's move is a big step forward in protecting union members on the job, said Rory Gamble, UAW president.

 

“By declaring manufacturing workers 'essential' and protecting Detroit residents and Detroit workers through access to the vaccine, Mayor Duggan has taken major strides to protect UAW members, their families and their communities,” Gamble said in a statement. "It’s essential that manufacturing workers have the ability to be vaccinated and help end the spread of this pandemic."

 

Gamble said even with these vaccinations, all union members should continue to follow safety protocols in the plants.

 

Staff writer Christina Hall contributed to this report. 

 

We thank the Detroit Free Press for reprint permission. 

 

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