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As vaccine eligibility expands in Michigan, there's a push to ensure older residents aren't left behind

Posted at 2:08 PM, Mar 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-09 14:08:22-05

(WXYZ) — The state of Michigan has expanded the vaccine eligibility but the supply still hasn’t expanded much for most municipalities.

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As of March 8, people over age 50 with medical conditions or disabilities, caregivers to children with special needs, and the homeless are all eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. Local leaders say just because you’re eligible doesn’t mean you’ll be able to actually get a vaccine.

They’re working to ensure those over 65 don’t get left behind.

Those over 65 can call the SMART Macomb Vaccine Hotline at 586-421-6579 or email macombvaccine@smartbus.org and include their name, address, phone number and date of birth. You will then receive a call or email back with an appointment at either the Richmond or Sterling Heights vaccination location. There are 1,500 appointments available a day between the two locations for people over 65. If you need a ride, SMART will arrange transportation to get you there and back home.

Here is a link to the area agency on aging –– which provides a list of resources for those over 65 looking for vaccine appointments in South Eastern Michigan: https://aaa1b.org/covid-19-vaccine-info/

You can also call 211 to search for an available appointment.

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The city of Dearborn is providing vaccinations for seven communities and has appointments available for this week for those over the age of 65 in the following communities: Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Allen Park, Melvindale, Garden City, Redford and Inkster

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