A successful first day at Memphis’ mass COVID-19 vaccination site

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The area’s only mass vaccination site wrapped up Wednesday night and all signs point to a successful first day.

People streamed into the Pipkin Building to get shots in arms, one by one for 12 hours.

Even though it was raining, people still decided to get their shots and took advantage of the extended hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

“When my friends came, it was a one-hour waiting line, so they said it was quicker to walk,” said Andres Calzacorta.

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Calzacorta is a tennis player at Christian Brothers University and decided to get the shot to protect himself and his family.

“I live outside of the country,” said Calzacorta. “My parents are kind of old and if I can give them a little bit of an easy rest of mind.”

In May, the family plans to travel from Venezuela to support him during his graduation.

“It’s easier for them to come here knowing I am for sure not with the virus,” said Calzacorta.

Calzacorta said he is thankful for the longer appointment times because he stays busy juggling schoolwork and tennis matches.

“With longer hours it means they can get more people and move the waiting lines,” said Calzacorta.

Now vaccinated, Calzacorta said he looks forward to spending time with his family, safely.

Other people like Emily Holderness also decided to get vaccinated on Wednesday.

“It feels good to be vaccinated,” said Holderness. “I decided to get it so I can hopefully see friends and family soon. It’s been a year and I miss them.”

Holderness is a tennis player at Rhodes College. She feels safer knowing she can protect herself and her teammates.

“Now we can compete and just focus on tennis and not worry about getting sick or going into quarantine during the season,” said Holderness.

She also appreciates the extended appointment times. Holderness looked online for an appointment Wednesday morning and found a spot later in the afternoon.

“The more people that can get vaccinated the better and longer hours means more people getting vaccinated,” said Holderness.

The site will run 12 hours a day, starting at 8 a.m. That’s 7 days a week for 6 to 8 weeks.

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