Vaccine vacancies: Some appointments still available in Shelby County

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s been hard for some people in Shelby County to get an appointment for the coronavirus vaccine.

Slots have been filling up fast.

Last week, although most of the slots were full, there were a few days with appointment vacancies, according to the Commercial Appeal.

Thursday, in particular, saw a lot of vacant appointment slots.

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The Shelby County Health Department said the vacancies happened because appointments were originally scheduled for second dose patients.

SCHD said no vaccine will go unused, and none were wasted.

Unused vials go back into storage, SCHD said.

First dose vaccine appointments are available this week at three locations across the city.

Click here to sign up.

Second-dose appointments of both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are available Feb. 13 at the Pipkin Building.

Click here to sign up.

All February appointments at the SWTCC Whitehaven site have been filled.

Wondering when you’ll be eligible to receive the vaccine? Click here for Tennessee’s eligibility tool.

Around 25,000 people have signed up for the county’s VaxQueue system, a standby list for those waiting to receive the vaccine.

Sign up for the Queue here.

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