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Municipalities Coordinate for COVID-19

BY Regan Hewitt

The Town of Collierville and the City of Germantown are working with the Shelby County Health Department to open an additional COVID-19 vaccination distribution site at Germantown Baptist Church on Poplar Avenue. 

The site is set to open on Monday, February 1. However, this date is tentative and will depend on the number of vaccines that the health department receives from the State of Tennessee. Germantown City Administrator Patrick Lawton said, “Staff has worked round the clock for weeks to put a plan in place that allows Germantown and Collierville to be a part of the solution and to help put an end to the pandemic that continues to impact the health of our businesses and neighbors.” 

“Our goal is to help bring hope and relief to our communities. With the coordinated efforts of Collierville, Germantown, and the Health Department, we believe we can achieve this goal and take one step further into a healthier future,” said Mayor of Collierville Stan Joyner. Maureen Fraser, Vice-Mayor of Collierville, added, “We are extremely pleased to be able to offer the vaccine location much closer for all of our residents. A partnership with Germantown will save both municipalities a lot of money, as we are sharing all expenses and resources, and provide a much needed service!”

Another announcement will be made when a final opening date has been decided. 

Germantown Baptist Church has been a willing and generous partner in this endeavor. It is important for the public to understand that while the church is providing the location and staff from Germantown and Collierville are planning to operate the site, all questions related to scheduling a vaccination appointment must be directed to the Shelby County Health Department at (901) 222-SHOT. Municipal and church staff are not participating in scheduling and cannot provide information regarding vaccine availability. 

“As you can imagine, this is a huge undertaking,” said Germantown Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director John Selberg. “We are just as eager as our neighbors to finalize our plan and we committed to sharing additional information with the public as soon as it is confirmed,” he added. 

Please make sure to visit the Shelby County Health Department’s website or call 901-222-SHOT for more information. 

January/February 2021 Tour Collierville Magazine