Many appointments sat empty at Memphis’ mass vaccine site on first day, city says

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Hundreds of appointments to get the COVID-19 vaccine were not used on Wednesday at the mass vaccination site at the Pipkin Building, according to City of Memphis officials.

The City of Memphis said 726 doses were left over at the end of the day.

**Editor’s note: A previous version of this story said the vaccine doses were wasted. That was a horrible choice of words. The vaccine doses were not used. The unused vaccines were taken back to be stored.

The federally run mass vaccination site opened for its first official day Wednesday morning.

The City told FOX13 that people are not booking appointments, or are not following through with them.

The federally run mass vaccination site opened for its first official day Wednesday morning.

The City told FOX13 that people are not booking appointments, or are not following through with them.

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Doug McGowen, COO for the City, said they are working to engage groups that need to get vaccinated instead of just individuals.

“We’re trying to avoid chaos that we’ve seen in the past,” McGowen said. “I can tell you we’re not going to go very long without pivoting our options to get more demand through here.”

The City also floated the idea of doing away with appointments altogether if the low numbers continue.

They said they may reach out to college students as well.

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Health officials are urging citizens to follow through with their appointments, especially their second vaccine appointment.

The mass vaccine site is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days per week.

Call 901-222-SHOT to make an appointment.