Publisher: Daily Memphian


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Health Dept. will announce when more COVID-19 vaccine appointments available

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The phone line — 901-222-SHOT (7468) — to schedule appointments (for those without internet access) was scheduled to open this morning, but Health Department staff took appointments over the weekend, according to director Alisa Haushalter. The online signup opened last Friday.  


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Pipkin Building set up to vaccinate 80-100 per hour

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When the Health Department resumes vaccinations Tuesday, Jan. 12, it will be set up to administer 80-100 shots an hour in a drive-thru process at the Pipkin Building, 940 Early Maxwell Blvd. The clinic will run Tuesdays-Saturdays from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. through the end of January, vaccinating only people who registered through the SignUpGenius app… Read More


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What a vision: Eye institute receives $300,000 grant

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Hamilton Eye Institute at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center received a $300,000 challenge grant from Research to Prevent Blindness for studies in the university’s department of ophthalmology. The money will be distributed over four years. UTHSC will match the grant.  


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Local scientists, labs rushing to sequence UK variant

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Scientists in Memphis are in a race against time to build a broader base for identifying coronavirus mutations, starting with U.K. strain B117, which has locked down the United Kingdom.As of Friday, Jan. 8, 50 cases had been reported in the United States, including a possible case in Chattanooga. Identifying the mutation requires “fingerprinting” or… Read More


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A year to forget? Here are 20 good things we’ll remember about 2020

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Suddenly last spring, everyday heroes in scrubs were getting applause and special-delivery dinners at work. The cheers and chanting ended after eight weeks or so, and the health care workers forged ahead as hospital corridors turned into holding bays. But they earned our collective gratitude. In a year defined by a pandemic quarantine, we created… Read More


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 Efforts underway to create equitable access to COVID-19 vaccine

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As the COVID-19 vaccine supply in Shelby County remains low, discussions continue on distribution to all communities countywide when the allotment improves. To reach state and federal targets of vaccinating 70% of the population this year, equitable access of the vaccine to all parts of the county is critical, particularly in majority-Black neighborhoods of Memphis… Read More


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Pipkin Building will be vaccination site through early summer

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When supplies of vaccine stabilize, the Pipkin Building at the former Mid-South Fairgrounds will be open for shots through June, eliminating the quandary for many who were vaccinated last week and don’t know where second doses will be given.


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State to begin vaccinating elderly next month 

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A day after seniors swarmed two sites in Shelby County to get vaccines specifically set aside for first responders, the state Department of Health upgraded its priority list on Wednesday, Dec. 30.