At least 21K COVID-19 vaccines will be given every week at federally run vaccination site

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — New details about how the mass vaccination site at the Pipkin building in Memphis will run were released.

Wednesday, staff will be tasked with putting up to 21,000 shots into arms each week.

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The mass vaccination site will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The White House recently announced it is sending federal help, including members of the Third Marine Division, to set up and staff a community vaccination center at the Pipkin Building in Midtown.

The area will also begin receiving an additional 21,000 doses a week for the next six to eight weeks.

The local COVID-19 Joint Task Force said these additional doses will help the county with herd immunity.

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Health leaders also discussed the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. That’s because millions of doses were ruined because of a problem at a Maryland factory.

The doses that were ruined had not been allocated here, so the doses coming to us will not change, but we may see a decrease in supply later down the road.

“Right now we’re not at the tipping point of having more supply than demand, but we know that day is coming. And we’re trying to prepare for expanded marketing and outreach to get people to take the shot,” said David Sweat, Shelby County Chief of Epidemiology.

Through the day, each person who had an appointment showed up in private vehicles. That won’t be the case next week. The city has partnered with MATA and local churches to bus people to the new facility.

Scheduling an appointment remains the same, online or over the phone at 901-222-SHOT.