Vaccine efforts increase in the Mid-South as COVID-19 cases fall
Vaccine efforts increase in the Mid-South as COVID-19 cases fall

Vaccine efforts increase in the Mid-South as COVID-19 cases fall

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – The Shelby County Health Department is partnering with the Amigos Foundation to host the first of several vaccination events targeting the Latin American community.

A new COVID-19 vaccination site is coming at a time when cases in the Mid-South are declining. However, health authorities still encourage people to get vaccinated, especially in underserved communities.

As of Sunday, 555,000 people in Shelby County have been vaccinated with Shelby County slowly coming closer to the target of herd immunity. So far, Shelby County has reached just over 79.3% of its 700,000 vaccination target, and officials hope this vaccination site will help with those efforts.

It is in partnership with the Shelby County Health Department, the Shelby County Government and the Amigos Foundation.

The Amigos Foundation is a non-profit organization focusing on helping the Latin American community in Memphis. The organizers say they are happy to serve their community.

“For the Latino community, it’s really hard to go elsewhere to get vaccines because of the language barrier, so they feel comfortable with us,” said event organizer Ivette Butron. “They know us, they listen to us every day on the radio stations. So when we tell them we need vaccines in Salon Monarca, they say okay, we can go there. “

The Pfizer vaccine was offered to everyone aged 5 years and older, including first, second and booster doses.

Bilingual interpreters were also at the event to help Spanish-speaking participants.

There are four additional upcoming vaccination events at Salon Monarca, which run from 6 p.m. 13.30 to kl. 17. See the schedule below.

  • March 6, 2022
  • March 27, 2022
  • April 17, 2022
  • May 8, 2022

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