MEMPHIS, Tenn. — It’s the Governor versus native well being companies Wednesday as Tennessee Governor Invoice Lee mentioned he’s making ready to signal laws that might imply an finish to most masks mandates in colleges, however the Shelby County Well being Director is firing again and pleading with dad and mom to get their youngsters vaccinated.
The huge COVID-19 invoice will weaken the facility of companies, public colleges, and native well being companies.
Shelby County Well being Division Director, Dr. Michelle Taylor–who’s been crucial of the governor’s plans–mentioned proper now issues haven’t modified for colleges.
“The steering for colleges has not modified. There may be nonetheless a common masks requirement in our Okay-through-12 colleges, daycares, and Pre-Okay and till that invoice really goes into impact, the steering won’t change,” Dr. Taylor mentioned.
She is urging dad and mom to get their youngsters vaccinated.
“That’s going to offer that further layer of safety that frankly many households have been ready for nearly a whole yr,” she mentioned.
Concerning COVID circumstances, there have been 96 new circumstances as of Wednesday in comparison with 84 final week. The seven-day common additionally ticked up a bit to 86 circumstances versus 84 per week in the past.
Now that children ages 5 to eleven are eligible for the COVID vaccine, greater than 1,100 youngsters have been vaccinated.
“We all know we’re going to begin to see that vaccination charge rise. We’re excited to know much more folks will probably be protected as we go into the vacations,” Dr. Taylor mentioned. “We actually have reached considerably of a plateau. In fact, we’re nonetheless monitoring the numbers day by day to ensure we’re not seeing any uptick in outbreaks.”
The youngsters’s vaccine will probably be out there on the well being division, huge field pharmacies, however not at drive by websites and on November thirtieth, the as soon as fashionable Pipkin Constructing mass vaccination web site will probably be shutting down.
“From my understanding the pipkin hasn’t had the quantity that it had initially,” she mentioned. “The joint covid job drive has determined that we gained’t offer these childhood vaccines at drive by places simply due to the distinctiveness of this inhabitants.”
Dr. Taylor additionally introduced Wednesday the native vaccine distribution effort will probably be transferred on December 1st from town of Memphis again to Shelby County authorities.
As chances are you’ll recall, the state had eradicated the well being division from the method after discovering wasted doses of the vaccine.
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