City of Memphis calls on people to schedule vaccination appointments

MEMPHIS, TENN. — Shelby County residents may soon not need and appointment for the COVID vaccine. Pods are one of several options leaders are looking at to use up the 21,000 doses each week thanks to the new mass vaccination site.

The city of Memphis is calling on people to schedule an appointment to get vaccinated.

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The federally-run mass vaccination site near the Pipkin building is open 12 hours a day, seven days a week, with 21,000 additional doses a week, but filling these appointments has become a problem.

“We might be able to engage groups, so instead of individuals we may be able to bring groups here instead of individuals,” said Doug McGowen, Memphis Chief Operating Officer.

The city is also considering doing away with appointments.

“We’re trying to avoid chaos that we have seen in the past when we have done that, but I can tell you we’re not going to go very long without pivoting our options to get more demand through here,” said McGowen.

The city is also talking with colleges to encourage students to come out.