Shelby County health officials continue efforts to vaccinate residents

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — Shelby County health officials spoke Thursday about ongoing COVID-19 vaccine efforts and data in our area.

Over 98,000 cases have been reported in the county.

1,677 people have died.

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The current test positivity rate is 4.7 percent, according to Deputy Director David Sweat.

Sweat said the reproductive rate of the virus is 0.8.

Over 360,000 residents have been vaccinated. On average, 1068 people were vaccinated each day in the last week, Sweat said.

The county is 51.5 percent toward its goal of vaccinating 700,000 people.

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Just over 38 percent of all Shelby County residents have been vaccinated, Sweat said.

Chief Doug McGowen said the winner of the car sweepstakes will be announced in the next week.

Call 901-222-SHOT to make a vaccine appointment.

If you need a ride to a vaccine location, dial 901-RIDE-901. You can get a free ride to and from any vaccine location.

Visit more information on vaccines and vaccine efforts.

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