Shelby County Commissioners want to make sure vaccine is distributed fairly

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Leaders with the Shelby County Health Department say the volume of vaccines coming in will likely increase soon.

They just got word from the state this week with that update.

Tuesday, the department will launch its second site at the Commodity Center.

Shelby County Commissioners got an update from the health department.

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Commissioners expressed they want to make sure equity and access are the focus when it comes to how the vaccines are distributed.

Shelby County Health Director Alisa Haushalter says the health department is in negotiations with a large academic institution focusing on the Whitehaven community.

Haushalter says the goal is to look into a potential location in the Frayser community.

The department is also adding additional staff by reassigning some of their vacant positions. But overall, they’re focusing on making sure they have locations in areas that are easy to get to.

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“We’ll continue to expand from there as we have more vaccine available and then we will ideally have some sites that are not permanent, maybe one day a week here, a week there for convenience as well,” said Haushalter.

Something else commissioners were outspoken about was making sure those who do not have access to the internet still have a way to get their vaccines.

The health department set up a line people can call and have someone walk them through how to get on the waiting list.

That number is 901-222-SHOT.

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