Memphis/Shelby County Covid-19 Joint Task Force Thursday update

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The Memphis/Shelby County Covid-19 Joint Task Force gave an update Thursday on the pandemic in Shelby County.

Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland spoke on the city taking over management of several vaccine sites from the Shelby County Health Department. Strickland said the city plans to distribute 17,000 first doses and 13,000 second doses over the next few days.

He stressed, however, that Shelby County remains involved in the vaccine operation.

“Shelby County is a partner in this fight,” he said.

City COO Doug McGowen has accepted a role as the “accountability partner” for the city’s vaccine program, responsible for inventory of vaccines, and distribution to sites. Fire Chief Gina Sweat is second in command.

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