Detroit Evening Report: Despite making up majority of monkeypox cases, Black Michigan residents received just 17% of vaccines

60% of Michiganders who contracted monkeypox were Black, while 70% of vaccines were given to white residents.

Colorized transmission electron micrograph of monkeypox particles (teal) found within an infected cell (brown).

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The Detroit Free Press reports 60 percent of Michiganders who contracted monkeypox were Black, while 70 percent of the doses of the vaccine to prevent or lessen symptoms from the virus were given to white residents.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says 17 percent of Tecovirimat doses went to Black residents. Detroit has reported 38 percent of monkeypox cases in the state. But the first doses of Tecovirimat were delivered to Washtenaw and Oakland Counties — not to Detroit.

“When the state facilitated product coming into (Michigan), that product was allocated to the (local health departments) that currently had cases,” Chelsea Wuth, spokesperson for MDHHS, told the Free Press. “This included city of Detroit Health Departments and clinicians in the city who were treating positive patients.”

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  • Sascha Raiyn

    Sascha Raiyn is Education Reporter at 101.9 WDET. She is a native Detroiter who grew up listening to news and music programming on Detroit Public Radio.