SHELBY CO., Tenn. (WMC) - After a week of no vaccine activity, the Shelby County Health Department will start administering vaccines at the Pipkin Building on Tuesday.
It’s good news for those who’ve already scheduled an appointment to be vaccinated this month, but slots are completely filled for January and there’s no word on when more will open up.
The Shelby County Health Department hasn’t opened up appointments for February because they say it all depends on the supply of vaccines that they have. Right now, the health department is focusing on vaccinating the 1a1 group which includes health care workers and first responders. They are also vaccinating those 75 or older.
Director of the SCHD, Alisa Hausehaulter, spoke with Commissioners about moving through each vaccine phase. ”If we begin to see that our appointments for 75 and above are dropping off then there’s an assumption that there is some saturation and then you open up to the next group. Won’t ever close to the previous group but you go ahead and open up to the next group and that will also depend on what our supply is as well.”
The health department said they are working to create a system where people can sign up to be in a cue and when appointments open up they will already be scheduled.
The health department said they will receive 8,900 doses per week from the Tennessee Department of Health through the end of January.