Mass vaccination site in Memphis opens up for non-appointment shots

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Changes in the operation of the vaccination site at the Pipkin Building beginning Thursday will allow more people access to get vaccinated.

The mass vaccination site at the Pipkin Building will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. until Monday, April 12. After that, the site will operate from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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No appointment will be needed to get a vaccine from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. This will deliver 500 doses a day to people on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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“We will reserve 500 doses for people who would like to come without an appointment, so it’ll be first come first serve from five to eight o’clock tonight,” Memphis COO Doug McGowan said.

FEMA and the Shelby County Joint COVID Task Force are working to fill the appointments left unused each day at the Pipkin vaccination site.

Starting Monday the hours of operation at the mass vaccination site will be from seven in the morning to seven at night making vaccinations more accessible to catch people going to and from work.

“From the uptick of vaccine, it happens very early in the morning when people are on their way to work or dropping kids off to school. People took advantage of those appointments, and it picked back up in the afternoon,” McGowan said.

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Also starting Monday, MATA will provide rides to the vaccination site for people eligible for MATA Plus services.

People who MATA Plus eligible can call 901-497-1598 beginning Sunday to schedule their ride to the Pipkin vaccination site.

Transit riders will get a free ride to the mass vaccination site at the Pipkin Building by showing the driver proof of appointment.

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City leaders say they have gone several days with thousands of appointments available for first and second doses at Pipkin Site.