Infectious disease specialist Dr. Shirin Mazumder along with hospitalist Dr. John Eick are hosting the briefing to discuss the “devastating trajectory our community continues on with the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Another push for the vaccine is coming from health leaders, as nearly every Tennessee County is reporting an increase in interest. The Tennessee Department of Health said the state has seen a 22 percent increase in vaccinations compared to last week.
Shelby County is averaging more than 1,300 administered a day. It’s a number that has fluctuated only a little as COVID-19 cases surge, but area clinics are starting to see more people choose the vaccine.
Shelby County is reporting more than 400 new COVID 19 infections in the between Wednesday and Thursday. It’s a case increase that comes as the Shelby County Health Department plans to encourage, not require, masks at this time.