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SHELBY COUNTY, TN – The Shelby County Health Department (SCHD) in partnership with the City of Memphis and Southwest Tennessee Community College (SWTCC), will offer COVID-19 vaccinations at the SWTCC Gill Center at 3833 Mountain Terrace in Frayser each Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., beginning tomorrow, April 20, 2021.
It is the first regular weekly vaccination site to be located in the Frayser community, a majority black and brown community in north Memphis. The 38127 zip code that includes Frayser has among the highest COVID-19 case rates in Shelby County, averaging between 165-205 cases per 100,000 population. It is also the zip code with the highest level of detection of variant strains of the COVID-19 virus. Zip code 38127 has produced more variant cases per 100,000 population than any other zip code in Shelby County. Finally, 38127 is one of the least-vaccinated areas of Shelby County by zip code. For all those reasons, locating a dedicated vaccine distribution site in the community will benefit the people of Frayser and all of Shelby County.
Health Department nurses will administer Pfizer vaccinations at the SWTCC Gill Center campus on a drive-thru and walk-in basis, Tuesdays and Thursdays, with no appointment required. Many of the paid non-medical staff members at the site will be Southwest Tennessee Community College students, providing them with valuable on-the-job experience.
“The Health Department is happy to once again partner with Southwest Tennessee Community College to help bring COVID-19 vaccinations to an underserved part of the community,” said Dr. La Sonya Hall, Shelby County Health Department Interim Director. “Through this valuable partnership, we have already successfully provided a vaccination site in Whitehaven which has vaccinated thousands of people. Now SCHD and SWTCC are making COVID-19 vaccinations much more accessible to the people of Frayser, who have suffered disproportionately from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
For more information about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit our website: http://www.shelby.community/.