Shelby County Health Dept. & Southwest open new vaccine site in Whitehaven

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Tennessee’s Health Commissioner Dr. Lisa Piercey says the state is expanding vaccine access in rural and underserved communities.

In Shelby County, one of those communities will be Whitehaven.

Longtime Whitehaven homeowner Wilmetta Neely said this is exciting news because she has been waiting a while to get an appointment time.

Neely said she tried to get a shot this week at the Pipkin Building but she was turned away.

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“They cut the line off and said it would be for appointments only. I didn’t know that you need an appointment. Someone called me and told me they were giving out shots so I just scooted on over there,” said Neely.

Starting February 5, Neely won’t have to go too far to get a vaccine.

The Shelby County Health Department is partnering with Southwest Tennessee Community College to use its Whitehaven campus on Finley Road for vaccine distribution.

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This new location would be for first doses only.

“It’s a familiar, welcoming location of higher learning and it’s conveniently located in a well-known Memphis neighborhood and it’s easily accessible,” said Dr. Tracy Hall, Southwest Tennessee Community College President.

Now, Neely said she’s hopeful she can be one of the first to get a COVID-19 vaccine at the Whitehaven location next week along with other seniors who live in the community.

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“I feel like it would take the burden off of people trying to get the shot in a timely manner,” said Neely.

Dr. Hall said the Southwest security team will be on-site during the vaccine event as well.

COVID-19 vaccinations will run from February 5-27 at Southwest Tennessee Community College in Whitehaven located at 1234 Finley Road.

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