Detroit churches become centers for third COVID-19 shots for immunocompromised residents

Some community centers and churches in Detroit will be used as sites for immunocompromised residents seeking a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mayor Mike Duggan said Thursday that the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines will be available as boosters at 10 locations for walk-ins or people scheduling appointments.

About 2,000 residents already have received third doses at the city's downtown convention center which will remain one of the vaccination sites. Third doses will be available starting Sept. 20 for all fully vaccinated Detroit residents.

"As we continue to watch the data and see the spread of the Delta variant, we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to keep the residents of our city safe," Chief Public Health Officer Denise Fair said Thursday.

More than 53,700 cases of the virus have been reported in Detroit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. More than 2,300 deaths attributed to COVID-19 have been confirmed.

About 43% of Detroit residents age 12 and older have been vaccinated.