Vaccine appointments for anyone 16+ begin today in Shelby County

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Beginning today, people aged 16 and up in Shelby County can begin making appointments to get a COVID-19 vaccine.

All appointments will take place next week, but you can sign up today to get your shot.

Beginning April 5, anyone in Tennessee aged 16+ will be able to get a vaccine.

Appointments are available from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at fixed sites around the community.

People can also make appointments at other local clinics, including CVS and Kroger.

Several vaccine pop-up pods will also be available.

Click here to make an appointment online.

To make an appointment by phone, call 901-222-SHOT.

The City of Memphis said it plans to vaccinate 300,000 people by Easter.

Local vaccination sites are planning for an influx of people getting vaccinated. Some sites will have extended hours.

Until next week, Shelby County is still in phase 3 of the vaccination plan, which allows anyone 45 and older and people in certain jobs and congregates living situations to get vaccinated.

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Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for teens, according to Dr. Bruce Randolph, health officer for the Shelby County Health Department.

Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for anyone 18 and up.

With a wider net of people able to get vaccinated health care workers are excited and expected to see more people. Pharmacist Carol Champion says there are things parents and young adults should do to prepare themselves for the vaccine.

“Enforce those kids to go to those local drug stores, the pharmacies to get the medicines that help with the pain and the fever that may be reinforced with the side effects,” Champion said.

According to the Shelby County Health Department, Pfizer is the only vaccine approved for teens 16 and up. Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are approved for anyone 18 and up.

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Local vaccination sites with The City of Memphis are planning for an influx of people getting vaccinated. Some sites will have extended hours. The City of Memphis said it plans to vaccinate 300,000 people by Easter.

Champion says parents of teens eligible to get vaccinated should speak with their teens through the process and monitor their conditions.

“In most cases, you will have some side effects. Just get the little ones and talk to them. They should be just fine but what’s important is that they get those vaccinations,” Champion said.