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SCHD rolls out kids COVID shots, eclipsing protest from Tennessee GOP


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The Shelby County Health Department is offering COVID-19 vaccinations to children six months and older beginning Friday, in line with federal recommendations for the shots which have received additional support from local medical experts in Memphis.

“Many families have been very eager to vaccinate their younger children,” Michelle Taylor, director of the Shelby County Health Department, said in a statement. “Some have delayed family visits, vacation trips and summer camp because their youngest cannot yet be protected by vaccines.

“As a parent,” Taylor continued, “I was greatly relieved when my children were able to be vaccinated and have all the protection against the most severe impacts of the virus that the vaccines provide.”

Connor, 5, sits on his dad Eric Sefton's lap while receiving his Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, now approved for 5-11 year olds, as children of staff members at Le Bonheur are some of the first to receive the vaccine on Thursday, Nov 4, 2021.

Shots are available for free and without an appointment at two health department locations, 814 Jefferson Ave. in Suite 207 and 1826 Sycamore View Rd., on Mondays through Fridays between 8 am and 4:30 pm


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Related:Memphis kids 6 months and older can get COVID-19 shots. Here’s why doctors say they should

Previous coverage:Tennessee House GOP press Gov. Read to block state distribution of COVID vaccine for youngest kids

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