MEMPHIS, Tenn. — No appointment, no problem. This week you can get a vaccine at six of the public-run COVID-19 sites in the City of Memphis.
City officials said they hope it encourages more people to get out and get vaccinated.
The Pipkin Building is one of those sites.
The goal: hit 3,000 shots in one day, which they have not hit that number yet, but hope opening the vaccine process to more people by dropping the appointments at certain sites on certain days will help get closer to that number.
“We want it to be as convenient as possible and take away all the barriers that people may have to get the vaccine so by having a no-appointment necessary,” said Darrell Habisch with FEMA. “You can just show up. if you’re out shopping, if you’re out on your way to church, if you’re out and about, please just stop in here at the Pipkin Building.”
“It’s fast. it’s convenient. You can get in and out of here in less than 20 minutes.”
Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., you don’t have to have an appointment at the Pipkin Building to get an appointment, according to the City of Memphis. It’s still open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. for regular appointments.
The site at Germantown Baptist Church located on Poplar Avenue, operated Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. is open without an appointment, city officials told us.
They also said Faith Baptist Church on Germantown Road in Bartlett is open if you don’t have an appointment later this week along with Greater Imani Church, Southwest Tennessee Community College at their Gill Campus in Frayser and the one in Whitehaven.
Habisch said while turnout has been lower than expected he hopes more conversation leads to more vaccinations.
“I waited longer for a cup of coffee in drive-thru the other day,” he said. “This is about your health. it’s about your family’s health, the vaccine is safe; it’s effective. please stop in and get your shots.”
He said follow-up is key, but right now the push is on just getting Memphians to get that first shot and understands the hesitancy.
“I think anything new is a little, people are hesitant about it and I understand that it’s a very personal decision but what we have to remember is that decision isn’t just about you it’s about your grandparents and your kids and I know we talk about that a lot, but we are not going to get ahead of this virus unless the entire community comes together,” Habisch said.
The bottom line is the city of Memphis along with FEMA and the Department of Defense said they want to remove any barriers that might be keeping people from getting a vaccine.
To check and see more sites open without an appointment go https://covid19.memphistn.gov/.