STRAIT – The mass vaccination site set up at Ford Field by FEMA has the capacity to vaccinate up to 6,000 people per day.
In the past two days, the facility has not been close to capacity. But on Thursday there were no shows, which meant there were excess doses of the vaccine. FEMA and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced that if you can get to Ford Field before 6 p.m. they will vaccinate you – no age restrictions apply.
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People rushed to get there and a line of several hundred quickly formed.
“A friend got a text saying they were doing COVID vaccines at Ford Field and I was just up the street,” Cunningham said.
Whether this happens again depends on the number of no-shows.
Michigan, which recently had one of the nation’s lowest COVID-19 infection rates, is facing an alarming spike that some experts say could be a warning sign nationwide.
In what public health authorities across the United States have been warning for months could occur nationwide, the resurgence is fueled by easing restrictions, a more infectious variant and pandemic fatigue.
While vaccinations in Michigan are helping protect the elderly and other vulnerable people, the recovery is leading to increased hospitalizations for young adults and forcing in-person teaching at some schools to be discontinued.
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