MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Health Department announced it will follow the state’s lead and begin vaccinating those in the 1c priority group on Monday, March 8.
Those now eligible to get the vaccine include anyone 16 years of age or older who has a high-risk health condition. This includes the following conditions:
- Chronic renal disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis or moderate-severe asthma
- Obesity (BMI > 30)
- Heart conditions, including heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy and hypertension
- Sickle cell disease
- Cerebrovascular disease or stroke
- Liver disease
The caregivers of these individuals are also eligibile along with pregnant women.
The age eligibility remains at 65 years of age and older.
To date, nearly 155,000 people in Shelby County have been vaccinated. That’s just under 12% of the population.
Local leaders are already ramping up the vaccination effort. Last week, more than 41,000 people got the shot and that pace could pick up to about 50,000 per week soon. The city expects to get larger shipments of the vaccine later this month and they hope to get about 700,000 vaccinated by August.