Community vaccine sites still serve important role with mass vaccination site in town

Memphis, Tenn. — Tennessee’s first mass vaccination site is now open for business at the Pipkin building in Memphis.

Still, some may feel more comfortable getting the shot closer to home in their neighborhoods.

Greater Community Temple Church of God in Christ held their second pop-up site on their campus in the Hickory Hill area on Saturday.

Senior pastor of the church Bishop Brandon Porter said having pop-up options like these in different communities is crucial.

Porter said people may feel more comfortable getting the shot at a place and around people they are familiar with.

He said he’s also encouraging people within his own congregation to get the vaccine.

“We want to keep pushing on focusing on that, especially in the faith-based community because a lot of people are still apprehensive,” Porter said. “When they see a bishop, a pastor, or a leader and other members doing this, it means we’re not just doing something, but we are trusting God in the midst of it as well.”

Last month, 656 people in total received their shots at Greater Community Temple.

The Shelby County Health Department said 20 different pods are scheduled to open in different communities this month and next.