COVID-19 vaccinations in Shelby County increased in last week, officials say

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Health leaders in Shelby County spoke Jan. 20 about COVID-19 trends and vaccinations across the area.

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In the past seven days, COVID-19 vaccinations have increased.

An average of 1,248 vaccinations were given each day over the last week, according to Shelby County Health Department Director Michelle Taylor.

50.5% of the population is fully vaccinated, more than 472,000 people.

70.1% of the overall population aged 18 and over had received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, Taylor said.

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On Saturday, Jan. 22, the SCHD will offer COVID-19 vaccines and booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine at the Cooper Young Farmer’s Market, 1000 Cooper St.

SCHD’s vaccination clinic continues to offer vaccines to anyone aged 5 and older, and booster doses for anyone aged 12 and older.

Hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F. No appointment is ever required.

Taylor encouraged anyone who is eligible to get vaccinated to protect themselves and others in the community.

Taylor also encouraged citizens to wear a mask.

Chief Doug McGowan said hospitalizations due to COVID-19 have plateaued over the last week.

760 people are currently hospitalized due to the virus, the highest number ever, according to McGowan.

Hospital capacity is still under extreme stress. If you need to get tested, do not go to an emergency room or hospital just to get a test.

McGowan also cautioned citizens only to accept free masks from a trusted, reliable source.

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