Shelby County Health Department resumes COVID-19 vaccinations

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department is resuming COVID-19 vaccinations today.

Vaccinations will be offered to certain groups by appointment only every Tuesday through Saturday, according to a release from SCHD.

The Tennessee Dept. of Health will provide a weekly allotment of vaccines to SCHD.

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The commitment includes 8,900 doses per week through the end of January, according to SCHD.

The shipment will be divided between SCHD and the local hospital system.

Vaccinations will be available at the Pipkin Building at the Shelby County Fairgrounds from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Alternatively, citizens can call 901-222-7468 for assistance in scheduling an appointment.

All appointment for January have been filled, as of Jan. 9, according to SCHD.

From the release:

During January, the vaccine will be available to persons in the following categories, as defined by the Tennessee Department of Health in its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan:

• All persons listed in the 1a1 groups, including:

• First responders with direct public exposure including EMS, law enforcement, and fire fighters

• Staff working at COVID-19 mass testing sites

• Staff and residents of long-term care facilities, residential homes for the aged, and staff and residents of assisted living centers who have direct contact with residents or contact with potentially infectious materials

• Staff of other congregate care facilities such as homes for the intellectually or developmentally disabled, detention centers, Staff of Department of Children’s Services residential facilities, rehabilitation hospitals and psychiatric hospitals who have direct patient contact or contact with potentially infectious materials

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• Home health care staff with direct patient contact

• Staff and residents of long-term care facilities, residential homes for the aged, and staff and residents of assisted living centers who have direct contact with residents or contact with potentially infectious materials

• Individuals > 18 years or older who cannot live independently due to serious chronic medical condition or intellectual or developmental disability

• Providers of K-12 or university student health services who have direct patient contact or contact with potentially infectious materials

• Funeral/mortuary service providers

• Health care workers, including:

• Primary care providers and staff

• Outpatient specialty providers and staff working with acute patients

• Pharmacists and staff

• Patient transport

• Outpatient therapists

• Urgent visit center providers and staff

• Environmental services

• Oral health providers

• Behavioral health providers

• Outpatient laboratory staff working with COVID-19 specimens

• Individuals age 75 and over

Anyone getting vaccinated must show identification and proof of eligibility, including proof of age, a professional license or a letter from an employer, according to the release.