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Two-thirds of Tennessee residents over 70 still need COVID-19 vaccinations

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According to the state of Tennessee, only 1 in 3 people over 70 have been vaccinated. “We need to make sure if you don’t have a computer and you don’t have a car, you can access the vaccine if you would like to get it. And that’s been a challenge,” said Dr. Scott Strome with… Read More


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With concerns over effectiveness of vaccines on COVID-19 variants, it’s unclear how Shelby County will be affected

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“Once we find it in the community, there are already cases we don’t know about,” Dr. Steve Threlkeld with Baptist Memorial Hospital said. That’s the reality for Shelby County doctors, as they closely monitor the potential impact of the United Kingdom – or U.K. – strain of the coronavirus. Scientists at the University of Tennessee… Read More


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Mid-south doctors fear COVID-19 cases could spike as UTHSC says contagious variant is now in Shelby County

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“From my perspective, it’s 100% for sure,” Dr. Scott Strome with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center said.That’s how confident those with the UT Health Science Center are that the highly contagious, UK COVID-19 variant strain is now in the Memphis area. Scientists discovered the sample Monday at UTHSC’s regional biocontainment lab, one of… Read More


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Director of the Shelby County Health Department is named Communicator of the Year for 2020

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The Memphis Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) has selected Alisa Haushalter, DNP, RN., Director of the Shelby County Health Department, as its Communicator of the Year for 2020. The 2020 Communicator of the Year Award reflects Dr. Haushalter’s unflappable courage in leading the community throughout the pandemic, always with eye toward… Read More


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UTHSC researchers play role in supporting development of COVID-19 vaccines

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Researchers at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center have played a supporting role in the development of COVID-19 vaccines. To examine the efficacy of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine during development, the company needed a way to test the inhibitory effects of the antibodies generated after vaccination on virus infection. However, to work with SARS-CoV-2 requires… Read More


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Houston High student awarded $10,000 grant for COVID vaccine project!

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Harshawardhan Pande is a senior at Houston High School in Germantown. Horseshow, as he’s known, has been awarded a $10,000 grant to research vaccines against SARS-COV2 virus. January 5: Local 24 News at 6 January 5: Local 24 News at 10


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Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital receives its first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

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Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital received the Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine by way of FedEx Thursday morning, and began vaccinating its frontline workers within a couple of hours. Le Bonheur is one of the first children’s hospitals in the country to receive the vaccine. The first at the hospital to get the vaccine was Le Bonheur… Read More


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Memphis area participants roll up sleeves, take part in Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine study

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As several COVID-19 vaccines inch closer to federal approval and mass distribution in the coming weeks, in the Mid-South Friday, local participants did their part in another vaccine trial now underway. St. Jude and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center recently opened a site for Johnson & Johnson’s Phase 3 trail of its COVID-19… Read More