What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Shelby County this week

Corinne S Kennedy
Memphis Commercial Appeal

This story will be updated each Monday with the latest news on vaccinations in Shelby County.

This story was last updated on April 12.

Shelby County is vaccinating everyone age 16 and older after the state gave Tennessee counties permission to move through vaccine phases at will. Thousands of additional vaccine appointments are available each week, thanks to the federal vaccination site at the Liberty Bowl.

The site, an expansion of the existing Pipkin Building site, will be jointly run with the city of Memphis and will have the capability to vaccinate 3,000 people a day. Due to low demand, the Pipkin is accepting walk-ins from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Walk-ins can get first or second doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

Appointments are available at the site from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Shelby County residents can schedule appointments at the Pipkin site or the other city-run sites through the vaccine hotline, 901-222-7468, or online through the city website, covid19.memphistn.gov, or the health department website, shelby.community.

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National Guard, volunteers, and medical staff assist people to vaccination areas near the Pipkin Building in Memphis on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner Lisa Piercey said the state expects weekly vaccine allocations to increase this month, which could increase the number of available appointments. 

The city of Memphis is seeking volunteers to assist at vaccine sites

Here’s what else you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines in Shelby County for the week of April 12.

Who can get the vaccine and how many people have?

Vaccinations are now open to everyone in Shelby County age 16 and older. 

As of April 11, 266,298 people have gotten at least one shot, according to the Shelby County Health Department, and 149,994 people are considered fully vaccinated, meaning they have gotten one shot of Johnson & Johnson or two shots of Pfizer or Moderna. 

More vaccine appointments open

As of Monday afternoon, first- and second-dose vaccine appointments were available for the week ahead at multiple permanent vaccination sites and pop-up locations.

First and second-dose appointments for the Pfizer vaccine were available at the Pipkin Building — which is also accepting walk-ins in the afternoon and evening — the Appling Cove vaccine site, Greater Imani Church, the Southwest Tennessee Community College campus in Whitehaven, Germantown Baptist Church and Faith Baptist in Bartlett.

Appointments to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine were available at the Southwest Tennessee Community College Whitehaven campus on multiple days. Appointments for the one-shot vaccine were also available at the Church of the Ascension on April 13.

Appointments were also available at multiple pop-up sites around Shelby County for the next two weeks. Pop-up sites will offer either the Pfizer vaccine or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

First Pharmacy Services also had appointments available on multiple days. The site offers Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson, depending on what is available.

Commodity Supplemental Food at 1020 South Bellevue offers walk-up vaccinations on Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. No appointments are necessary.

Paperwork for the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at the vaccination site at Germantown Baptist Church on Friday, April 9, 2021.

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Walmart, Kroger, Walgreens, VA, Baptist offering vaccines 

Eleven Memphis-area Walmart locations are now scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments in accordance with the state's allocation plan. Appointments can be made online at https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302. You will need to create an online account with Walmart if you do not already have one.

You can also call the pharmacies at the participating Walmarts. Those phone numbers are listed below. 

Bartlett:

  • 8480 U.S. 64: (901) 382-6106
  • 6520 Memphis Arlington Road: (901) 388-4331
  • 8400 U.S. 64: (901) 382-6106

Collierville:

  • 560 West Poplar Ave.: (901) 854-0010

Cordova:

  • 577 North Germantown Parkway: (901) 758-2447

Memphis:

  • 3950 Austin Peay Highway: (901) 377-2422
  • 6990 East Shelby Drive: (901) 309-8424
  • 5255 Elvis Presley Blvd.: (901) 346-4557
  • 2856 Hickory Hill Road: (901) 362-3633
  • 6727 Raleigh Lagrange Road: (901) 498-5327
  • 7525 Winchester Road: (901) 757-8292

Kroger pharmacies are also now offering COVID-19 vaccines. Appointments can be made online at www.kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated.

National Guard, volunteers, and  medical staff assist people to vaccination areas near Fairgrounds Pipkin Building

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Walgreens pharmacies are also offering COVID-19 vaccines. Appointments can be made online at https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19

The Memphis VA Medical Center is also offering vaccines to all veterans 18 and older.

Veterans can call 901-523-8990 and then push 3 to schedule an appointment over the phone or text “START” to 53079. Appointments can also be scheduled through the VA's mobile app. 

More information can be found on the VA website

The Baptist hospital system announced last week it was vaccinating the public at six locations in the Memphis area. Vaccine appointments can be made online at bpt.st/vaccine for the following locations.

  • First Baptist Church Broad Avenue at 2835 Broad Ave.
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis at 6019 Walnut Grove Road
  • BMG Finn Medical Associates office at 6025 Walnut Grove Road #301
  • Baptist Hospital Collierville at 1500 W Poplar Ave.
  • Baptist Medical Group office in Collierville at 400 Market Blvd. Ste. 101
  • Baptist Memorial Hospital DeSoto at 7601 Southcrest Parkway.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-DeSoto is offering drive-thru vaccinations. 

Corinne Kennedy covers economic development, soccer and COVID-19's impact on hospitals for The Commercial Appeal. She can be reached via email at Corinne.Kennedy@CommercialAppeal.com or at 901-297-3245.