Pandemic protection now can be as impulsive as stopping for ice cream on this 80-degree spring day, and just as rewarding.
Vaccines began four months ago with appointments, lines and four priority phases based on job, age and vulnerability. Now they're widely available without reservations or long waits because most of those who want shots and can reach a clinic already have rolled up their sleeves.
Nearly half of Michigan residents over 16 have at least one shot (4 million people, 49% of those eligible) and 36% are fully vaccinated (2.9 million). That's a long way from the governor's 70% goal for a reassuring level of "herd immunity" statewide.
"Demand has dropped probably in the last week or so," general manager Sarah Horn of Ascension Urgent Care in Troy tells WXYZ. "It doesn't seem as prevalent or as many people are wanting it. We're still able to see an appropriate amount of people, but it's not like it was in the very beginning."
The station also quotes Beaumont Health's chief of clinical services, Jeffrey Fischgrund:
"Everybody is really starting to worry that people are just reluctant to get the vaccine now."
His hospital network offers no-appointrment free shots the next three days at the Beaumont Service Center, 26901 Beaumont Blvd. in Southfield (map):
Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursday: 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
A parent or guardian must accompany teens under 18.
Meijer pharmacies, which have given over one million Covid vaccines statewide, just started welcoming walk-ins at all stores. Each pharmacy has at least 100 Pfizer or Moderna doses per week set aside on a first-come basis. (Or, to assure a shot, register by texting COVID to 75049 or signing up at clinic.meijer.com.)
Wallgreen's, CVS and Rite Aid also offer walk-in shots without cost if supplies allow, as do Walmart and Sam's Club.