The City of Detroit residents aged 18 and older with documented intellectual or developmental disabilities and home health care providers can now get a COVID-19 vaccine, Mayor Mike Duggan announced Thursday.
“As a city, we recognize that individuals with certain conditions are more vulnerable to COVID-19 due to a weakened immune system or being unable to properly socially distance,” said Duggan.
“Only a few states in the nation have given access to disabled residents, but the city is prioritizing this part of our population. Only four states in the country have specifically opened access to disabled residents, and in Detroit, we are making them among our highest priority,” he added.
Conditions covered under the new directive include:
- Cerebral Palsy
- Down’s Syndrome
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Tourette’s Syndrome
- Spinal Bifida
- Hearing and Vision impairment
“Individuals with Down’s syndrome are five times more likely to get COVID than the population and ten times more likely to die of COVID,” said Duggan.
City residents with disabilities can call 313-230-0505 to make an appointment. Wheelchair accessible transportation can be arranged by calling 313-208-7364 after the vaccination appointment has been scheduled.