Department of Health deploys vaccine team to Shelby County to help with vaccine distribution

Memphis, Tenn. — More federal personal is on the ground in Shelby County to help with vaccine distribution.

The U.S. Department of Human Health and Services announced Friday that a National Disaster Medical System Vaccination Team has been sent to Shelby County.

In all, 21 medical providers and other staff members are in Memphis at two different locations.

The team members are set up at the Germantown and Whitehaven vaccine sites.

The Department of Health and Human Services said most of the people deployed are fellow Tennesseans.

“At the request of the state of Tennessee, and in support of FEMA’s efforts to augment and expedite vaccinations across the United States, an NDMS team deployed today to help get thousands of vaccines into arms of fellow Tennesseans as quickly and efficiently as possible,” said Dr. Helga Scharf-Bell, NDMS Acting Director. “We’ve deployed NDMS teams across the country to help many states establish and operate their community vaccination sites. The team we deployed today is eager to help their local communities put an end to this pandemic.”

Altogether, the 21 medical providers are made up of pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, paramedics and a safety officer.

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris said his team brought lunch to the National Disaster Medical System Vaccination team today and said it was an honor to meet the healthcare workers.

Tennessee now joins New York, California and, soon to be, Wisconsin with National Disaster Medical System members.