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Michigan's largest COVID-19 vaccine clinic set to open


Starting Tuesday, Michigan’s largest COVID-19 vaccination clinic begins delivering shots into arms.

In the past week, 110,000 people have signed up to get their coronavirus vaccine at Ford Field in Detroit.  

More than 14,000 appointments are scheduled for this week, with another 20,000 appointment invitations going out Monday. But there are some doctors who hope the state will soon start channeling vaccines through their offices.

Dr. Pamela Rockwell is with the Michigan Academy of Family Physicians. She says individual family doctors may have better luck getting reluctant Michiganders to get the shot.

“I’ve known some patients for 30 years and they truly rely on our advice and it’s about trust,” says Rockwell.

A recent poll found roughly a quarter of adult Michiganders are reluctant to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

A state health department spokesman says primary care and family physicians are an important part of Michigan's vaccine distribution plan, but they are waiting for more vaccine supply to become available.

The state of Michigan added another 4,801 confirmed COVID-19 cases Sunday and Monday, bringing the state’s total since the pandemic began to 629,612, with 15,903 confirmed deaths from COVID.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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