COVID-19 drive-thru vaccine site closing in Whitehaven, health department says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A COVID-19 drive-thru vaccine site is closing soon in Whitehaven, due to putting their services towards under-resourced communities, or those more at-risk.

As part of this pivot, drive-thru vaccination services at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s Whitehaven Center in the 1200 block of Finley Road will end on Mar. 26.

Pfizer vaccinations for anyone 12 and older will be available on a drive-thru basis at the Whitehaven site on these final dates and times:

· Friday, Mar. 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

· Saturday, Mar. 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

· Friday, Mar. 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

· Saturday, Mar. 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The Whitehaven vaccination site provided nearly 43,000 vaccinations since it first opened on Feb. 5, 2021, including more than 20,000 first doses, 18,000-second doses, and nearly 4,000 booster doses, the health department said.

The Whitehaven vaccination site also provided vaccinations to nearly 500 minors as of Mar. 11.

“We thank Dr. Tracy D. Hall, President of Southwest Tennessee Community College, and staff for the very fruitful partnership that has allowed tens of thousands of people to be vaccinated at the mass drive-thru vaccination site on the SWTCC campus,” said Dr. Michelle Taylor, Director of the Shelby County Health Department. “As demand at that site has dropped, the Health Department will now focus its efforts on smaller pop-up community events that target specific populations throughout Shelby County.”

Free COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone aged 5 or older are always available at the Shelby County Health Department’s Immunization Clinic in the 800 block of Jefferson Avenue, Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., on a walk-in basis, no appointment needed.

Free COVID-19 vaccinations are also widely available at pharmacies and other vaccination sites all over Shelby County.

All pop-up community vaccination sites will be posted at the Health Department’s COVID-19 website

Those without internet access are encouraged to call the Health Department’s COVID-19 hotline: 901-222-SHOT (7468) for information.