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Jalen Rose teams up with Lt. Governor to promote COVID-19 vaccines in Detroit

“Neighborhood-based vaccination efforts like the ones at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy are crucial to beating COVID-19," said Lt. Governor Gilchrist.
Credit: State of Michigan
Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist visited the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy Community vaccination site in Detroit to observe ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

DETROIT — Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist meet with Fab Five star and former NBA player Jalen Rose yesterday in Detroit. The two are joining forces to promote the COVID-19 vaccine. 

They met at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy, an open enrollment charter high school in northwest Detroit, that has been transformed into a community vaccination site.

“Neighborhood-based vaccination efforts like the ones at the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy are crucial to beating COVID-19," said Lt. Governor Gilchrist.

Vaccination campaigns are ongoing in Detroit but the city is seeing a slower rate of people get the vaccine compared to surrounding counties. This week detroitmi.gov reported 31.9 % of people 16 or older in the city have received one dose. Meanwhile, in Macomb county that numbers is at nearly 50% and it's over 60% in Oakland county. 

Canvassers from the city's health department have also started a door-to-door campaign to educate residents on the vaccine. The virus has killed more than 2,000 Detroiters.

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"This virus has disproportionately impacted Detroit, so it is crucial that we all do our part to get vaccinated to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Gilchrist said. "The sooner we all get vaccinated, the sooner we can get back to doing the things we love together," 

According to the Lt Governor, Michigan has administered over 7 million vaccines with 51.2% Michiganders 16 years or older receiving their initial dose. 

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