COVID-19 task force discusses opening vaccines for all of Shelby County

Memphis-Shelby County COVID-19 task force gives update 3/23/2021

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The Memphis-Shelby County COVID-19 Joint Task Force held a press briefing on the current COVID-19 situation and vaccine distribution.

As of March 22, Shelby County hit a milestone, surpassing 90,000 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

Currently, Tipton County has 7,075 cases, Fayette County has 4,762 cases, DeSoto County and Mississippi have 20,245 cases, Crittenden County has 5,478 cases, and Shelby County has 90,396 cases of coronavirus.

David Sweat, Deputy Director of SCHD said 255,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered in Shelby County to its residents.

177,191 people have received one dose and 77,809 people have been fully vaccinated with two doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.

Sweat confirmed that the health department is documenting various strands of COVID-19 that are found spreading in the community with the help of researchers at UTHSC.

“Fortunately that variant strand that has spread more widely is also susceptible to vaccines and the vaccine will protect against normal wild type Wuhan and UK variant,” said Sweat.

In addition to the 30,000 online vaccines, community-based pods were set up across the city from Hickory Hill to Frayser last week.

This week, the health department will have second and first dose sites set up in the achievement school districts including Arlington, Lakeland and Orange Mound.

Doug McGowen said by Tuesday of next week, all Shelby County teachers and adults ages 16 and up will be vaccinated.

Anyone age 16 or older can get the Pfizer vaccine but you must be 18 or older to receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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