Henry Ford’s Role at Ford Field Mass Vaccination Site

Henry Ford Health System is the only health system in a joint effort of local, state and federal partners to support the Mass Vaccination Site at Ford Field in Detroit and accelerate the number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered to people of Michigan.

Henry Ford is serving as the medical director for the site, which is being managed by the State of Michigan and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Our role includes providing onsite expertise and oversight for the vaccine administrations and medical care as well for the logistics and operations.

The site will operate for eight weeks, beginning March 24, under the federal government’s vaccination pilot program.

Other support partners include Wayne County, City of Detroit, Ford Field and the Detroit Lions and Meijer.

“Henry Ford Health System is excited to serve as a health system partner for this mass vaccination clinic at Ford Field and join with our local, state and federal partners to accelerate Michigan's efforts in getting vaccinations in people's arms and moving closer to ending this pandemic," Henry Ford President and CEO Wright Lassiter III said during remarks at a news conference at Ford Field in which plans were discussed on how the vaccination site would operate.

“When you become eligible, please register to get your vaccination and encourage your family members to do the same. And please continue to adhere to our CDC guidelines regarding mask wearing, social distancing and avoiding large gatherings and frequent hand washing.”

Four team members are serving in leadership roles as part of Henry Ford’s team at Ford Field:

  • Steven Rockoff, D.O., Service Chief of Emergency Medicine, Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital
  • Valerie Gunn, Director of Regional Ambulatory Operations
  • Rox Gatia, Director of Pharmacy Services at Henry Ford Hospital
  • Sam Mossallam, M.D., Vice President and Medical Director of HFHS International Initiatives

Henry Ford’s Role at Ford Field Mass Vaccination SiteLassiter said Henry Ford’s participation in the vaccination site is part of its mission to make an impact in the community beyond healthcare.

"When I see an effort like this, it reminds of how amazing the team members are at Henry Ford Health System, how folks lean in to provide significant support to make sure our communities are as healthy as possible. So, thank you Henry Ford team members.”

Read the full news release from Thursday’s press conference.

The site has the capacity to administer 6,000 doses each day. Vaccines administered at Ford Field are in addition to Michigan’s regular statewide vaccine allotment. Key facts to know:

  • When the site opens on March 24, it will operate seven days a week from 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
  • The U.S. Air Force will provide vaccination support
  • 68 vaccination pods will be set up on the Concourse at Ford Field. Vaccinations are open to those who meet the MDHHS vaccine guidelines
  • Registration and appointment scheduling are being managed by Meijer. People can register 3 ways:
    1. Online at https://clinic.meijer.com/register/CL2021
    2. Text EndCOVID to 75049
    3. Call the State of Michigan COVID hotline at 888-535-6136 (Press 1) Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Henry Ford is not scheduling vaccination appointments for Ford Field.

Henry Ford’s Role at Ford Field Mass Vaccination Site“First and second doses of Pfizer will be administered in the first six weeks of operation. For the last 2 weeks, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will be administered. Vaccines administered at Ford Field are in addition to Michigan’s regular statewide vaccine allotment.

The vaccine will be offered at no cost, and insurance is not required, nor will it be requested at the vaccination center. Any Michigan resident who is currently eligible to receive the vaccine under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services vaccine prioritization guidance will be able to register for an appointment. The most recent  vaccine prioritization guidance can be found on Michigan’s COVID-19 website.

Free parking will be available at the vaccination site. For those who indicate, during the registration process, they need assistance obtaining transportation to and from the vaccination site, the state is working to provide free of charge ride share options.

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Please call 911 if you have an emergency or urgent medical question.

If you are having symptoms of COVID-19, for your safety, please select a MyChart video visit on demand or call your primary care provider. For symptoms of COVID-19, please visit our website www.henryford.com/coronavirus.

Please note: Appointments for the COVID-19 vaccine can ONLY be scheduled through the COVID-19 vaccine button on eligible Henry Ford MyChart accounts at this time. Due to limited supply, they are only available at select locations and by appointment only. Get more details here.

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