City of Memphis working to improve vaccine distribution after thousands of doses wasted at local sites

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

The Shelby County’s Health Department role in vaccines is now strictly distribution, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said.

Thousands of vaccines were wasted in the county, and over 50,000 doses were reportedly held in inventory for teachers, a violation of state guidelines.

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This morning 6,750 doses were distributed to eight locations across the county.

SCHD is working hard to implement a plan for more vaccine distribution.

The vaccine sites are still under the same schedule this week.

Next week, 17,000 first doses and nearly 13,000 second doses are set to be administered, Strickland said.

901-222-SHOT is still the number to call to make an appointment.

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Shelby County is working to improve the process of receiving and distributing vaccines from the federal government.

Last night the City of Memphis received coolers necessary to store and deliver the vaccines.

David Sweat, Deputy Director of SCHD, said 220 new COVID-19 cases were diagnosed yesterday.

The virus reproductive rate is at .73 and has been below 1 since Jan. 31.

“That’s an incredible track record of success,” Sweat said.

The test positivity rate is 6.64 percent currently.

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