MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Thursday marks the first day kids ages 12 through 15 can get vaccinated in Shelby County.“That is a huge milestone that adds about 50,000 more eligible people to the pool that could be vaccinated,” said City of Memphis Chief Operating Officer, Doug McGowen.
Shelby County health officials gave an update Thursday on COVID-19 data and vaccinations in the area.Last night the state gave approval for Shelby County to begin vaccinating kids aged 12 and up.This morning, people as young as 12 began to receive vaccines, Chief Doug McGowen said.
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Progress is being made in Shelby County’s fight against COVID-19.Health leaders on Thursday said the county is in the best place it’s been in the pandemic so far.A little more than a year ago, almost all the county’s 937,000 residents were at risk of getting infected.
Starting next week, Memphis and Shelby County will offer walk-in COVID-19 vaccinations at 3230 Jackson Ave. City of Memphis Chief Operating Officer Doug McGowen, who runs local vaccine efforts, said the site would open next week.It will be a walk-in vaccination clinic that will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. No appointment will be needed.
City leaders are pushing for more people in Shelby County to get vaccinated as FEMA prepares to leave town next month.Federal personnel staffing has been at the Pipkin COVID-19 vaccination site since earlier this April.“The next four weeks are critical," said the city’s chief operating officer Doug McGowen.