Changes coming to COVID-19 appointment system in Shelby County

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Changes are coming to the way appointments are scheduled in Shelby County.

Appointments will now be scheduled through the state’s system, VRAS. The online system will give you options on the most convenient place to receive your vaccine.

Phone calls for appointments will now be answered by a state system. Call 901-222-SHOT to make an appointment.

The transfer to the new system should happen Thursday night.

David Sweat said 89,167 cases have been reported in the county. 1,533 people have died.

In Tennessee, over 780,000 cases have been reported since the start of the pandemic.

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Over 194,000 vaccines have been given in Shelby County.

61,800 people have been fully vaccinated.

Several testing events are available this weekend. Find out more about testing locations here.

Chief Doug McGowen spoke about COVID-19 vaccines in the county.

McGowen said 6,000 vaccines are scheduled for today.

This week, 35,000 doses are predicted.

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Waiting times to get vaccinated are around 12 minutes, McGowen said.

The City has chosen several locations for pop-up vaccine pods in underserved communities. Frayser, Hickory Hill and the Parkway Village area have seen some of the lowest vaccination rates.

On Saturday, a pop-up pod will be available at Greater Community Temple, 5151 Winchester Ave.

A pop-pod will also be available Friday and Saturday at the Memphis Fire Academy in Frayser, Around 2,000 vaccines will be available.

Appointments for the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will not be available next week. Only Pfizer and Moderna will be available, McGowen said.

There are over 100 qualified providers to give vaccines in Shelby County.

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Tennessee is giving the county around 18,000 doses next week for distribution. The vaccine volume is expected to continue to increase, McGowen said.

36,000 vaccines will be available next week.