In the Media Tag: Jon McCullers

COVID-19 vaccine for children could lag adults by months

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If a COVID-19 vaccine is widely available in the nation even by next spring, it could be months — even after the start of school next fall — before it’s available for children. The good news is children so far are less affected by the virus. The bad news? If children aren’t vaccinated, they can spread the… Read More

Health Care Heroes In Unprecedented Times: Dr. Jon McCullers, UTHSC/Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital

The Memphis Business Journal

As one of the local public faces of the fight against COVID-19, Dr. Jon McCullers has given it to us straight, reassured and scolded us. McCullers is a member of the Memphis/Shelby County Joint COVID-19 Task Force and the subcommittee of the Back to Business Task Force. He often appears at Health Department press conferences… Read More

Shelby County COVID update: Progress made but not time to relax

According to Dr. Jon McCullers — an infectious disease expert who serves as a member of the Memphis/Shelby County Joint COVID-19 Task Force; as Pediatrician-in-Chief at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital; and as the COO of the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center — having the tripwires and a response framework in place was more… Read More

Will Memphis-area schools alert all families of COVID-19 cases? It depends on the school

The Commercial Appeal

In Tennessee, state officials have acknowledged that COVID-19 transmission will occur in schools. But how will families and staff know? Communication methods vary across the seven public school districts in Shelby County. Some schools plan to report cases of COVID-19 schoolwide, as many would if another infectious illness, like measles, was found in the school.

UTHSC experts outline hurdles to vaccine

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It is increasingly clear that the United States will not follow the lead of other countries and bring the deadly COVID-19 pandemic under control. Any return to normalcy will therefore require a vaccine and development of herd immunity. Several vaccine candidates are showing early promise, prompting the big question — when will we have a… Read More

Pediatrician: ‘No Good Choice’ for Schools, Contact Sports ‘Not Safe at This Time’

Memphis Flyer

No good choice exists for parents of Shelby County school children heading into the 2020-2021 school year this year, and contact sports, like football, are not safe. That’s all according to Dr. Jon McCullers, Pediatrician-in-Chief at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital and a professor in and chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of… Read More

 Le Bonheur chief on COVID: Contact sports at school not safe for kids yet


Le Bonheur Children’s hospital pediatrician in chief says he does not think it’s safe to go back to contact sports like football right now. Dr. Jon McCullers says we have high levels of community transmission, meaning there’s no good answer to returning to school.

Le Bonheur guidance to schools includes protocols for tracing, reporting COVID-19 cases

The Commercial Appeal

To localize guidance for school reopening during COVID-19, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital has published its own set of guidelines. The guidelines, published Friday, were developed by a task force of local medical professionals over the last three weeks, Dr. Jon McCullers, pediatrician-in-chief at Le Bonheur, said Thursday at a news conference. McCullers is also a… Read More