Third doses in Shelby County now available, businesses encouraged to require vaccines, SCHD says

Shelby County, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department is calling on all businesses to give employees the option to get vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19. The health department believes this will help reduce cases.

“Everybody needs to try to look out for the next person,” said Melvin Reed of Memphis. This is why Melvin Reed agrees with the Shelby County Health Department’s latest health directive.

The health department strongly encouraged businesses to either require employees to get vaccinated or get tested for COVID-19 regularly.

“I had my shot and I have a booster coming up shortly,” said Reed.

The booster shot, the health department said, will be available in the Fall. Third doses are currently available for people who are immunocompromised.

“I just want to come to work and get money. If I get sick, let me get sick. That’s my right to go to the doctor and get checked on my own.”

This woman did not wish to share her name but said, if her employer follows the health department’s guidance, she’s quitting.

“I just come to work to make sure your money keeps stacking, but if you put extra stipulations on me. Make me not want to come to work.”

The new order goes into effect on Tuesday and will remain in effect until Sept. 30, unless amended further.

To read more about Health Order No. 25, click here.