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The City of Detroit is now offering a second round of vaccine booster shots for eligible residents at all of its vaccination sites. Detroiters who are ages 50 and older, immunocompromised and at risk for developing severe complications of COVID-19 are eligible to get the second booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna if they received their initial booster dose at least four months prior. Dr. Robert Dunne is the Acting Medical Director of the Detroit Health Department. He says during the recent omicron surge, people who had a third dose of the vaccine were seven times less likely to be hospitalized, and 21 times less likely to die of COVID-19 if they contracted the virus. The state health department is distributing free at-home test kits for Detroiters on a first-come, first-serve basis. Kits are limited to one per person and up to five per household. Residents can pick up the tests at seven public library locations as well as various mobile locations in the city. On Friday, the state reported there were 33 deaths and 1,661 confirmed cases over the past two days.
Other headlines for April 1, 2022:
- Wayne County Clerk raises concerns over Dearborn resolution to require ballots in Arabic
- The People Mover will start rolling again with free rides in mid-April after a two-year hiatus
- Detroit Pizza Bar celebrates grand opening in Livernois-Six Mile area
- Detroit Food Commons is a step closer to opening
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