Get the Facts


With so much discussion around COVID-19 vaccines, stay informed from public health experts.

Limited amounts of COVID-19 vaccine have been distributed in Shelby County. The Shelby County Health Department and the regional hospitals have received vaccine. Currently the vaccine is being administered to groups at high risk of exposure to COVID-19, including frontline health care workers, first responders and COVID-19 testing center staff.

Should I get the vaccine?
Make an informed decision. Begin a conversation with your healthcare provider to determine if the vaccine is right for you.
Is the vaccine safe?
Yes. No serious side effects have been seen, but some people who have received the vaccination experienced headaches, tiredness, or redness and soreness where they got the shot. These are not unusual signs and symptoms for any vaccine, and usually go away within a few days.
What should I do until I am able to get the vaccine?
The vaccine is being offered in phases, following a plan from the Tennessee Department of Health. Until the vaccine is available to you, protect yourself by wearing a mask, staying 6 feet away from others, avoiding crowds, and washing your hands often.
Can I get COVID-19 from the vaccine?
No. It is not possible to get the virus from the vaccine.
The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn more from the CDC.
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Stay informed. As we continue to uncover more information, we will update this page.
Why are two vaccinations necessary?
While one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine appears to offer protection against the virus, it takes two doses of the vaccine for the body to develop optimal immunity. For the Pfizer vaccine, the 2nd dose is required within 21 days of the first dose. For the Moderna vaccine, the 2nd dose is required within 28 days.

How do you feel about the vaccine?

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