MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Thousands of vaccine appointments are available right now for next week. Even before the FEMA Mass Community Vaccination Center opens in Memphis, leaders from Shelby County to Washington are urging people to sign up.
Local leaders have said this FEMA Community Vaccination Center opening next week at the Pipkin building is exciting for the community as it could help us speed to that finish line of herd immunity. In Washington, there seems to be some bipartisanship with this issue.
About 52,000 appointments hit the City of Memphis’ website midday Friday. Now we can see just how many people the federal site is going to try to get through every half hour for 12 hours a day, seven days a week. Though many slots remained open Friday afternoon.
The other city and county public vaccination sites will be carrying out regular operations.
“The good thing is we are finally at the point where we have enough supply that people who want to get vaccinated regardless of age can,” said U.S. Representative David Kustoff (R).
Kustoff of Shelby County and West Tennessee is happy to see Memphis chosen as the next location for one of the FEMA Community Vaccination Centers.
“It’s good. The more shots in more arms that’s a win,” said Kustoff.
It’s a message, not surprisingly, carried across the aisle to his Democratic colleague Representative Steve Cohen of Memphis. Unlike Kustoff, Cohen praised the Biden Administration for the idea.
“I’m very pleased that President Biden and Vice President Harris have their eye on the situation in Memphis and have mobilized these critical resources to deliver vaccines to the Ninth Congressional District. This Administration’s commitment to meeting the needs of the underserved, and doing it on an ambitious and expedited basis, is already inspiring comparisons with America’s proudest tradition of stepping up when tough actions must be taken.”
In the Senate, Republican Senator Bill Hagerty from Tennessee sent a tweet a day after the announcement about Memphis’ federal vaccination site calling it great news.
This is the first FEMA Community Vaccination Center in the state. The Tennessee Department of Health said it will be the largest sustained vaccine throughout initiative in the state.
We reached out to Senator Marsha Blackburn’s office, but a spokesperson said the office was closed for the Easter Holiday and Blackburn was not available for a comment. We will reach back out when the office reopens on Monday.
Visit https://covid19.memphistn.gov/ or call 901-222-SHOT from 9 a.m.- 6:30 p.m. to sign up for an appointment.