Pipkin vaccination site closed this weekend

Published: Dec. 2, 2021 at 8:17 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 3, 2021 at 7:25 AM CST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - The vaccine site at the Pipkin Building on the fairgrounds is closed Friday but only temporarily.

They want to make sure there’s enough staff at vaccine events scheduled for children this weekend at Glenview Community Center and Hickory Hill Community Center.

The site is also closed Saturday for other events at the Liberty Bowl.

Not only is there a push for children to get vaccinated, but there’s also a push for boosters especially as the omicron variant spreads in the U.S.

This week, cases have been detected in California, Minnesota, New York and Colorado.

None have been detected in the Mid-South so far.

Infectious disease expert Dr. Manoj Jain says he is very confident the current booster shot will be effective against the variant.

“I say that because normally when we see people get vaccinated, between the first and second dose, and there’s a longer gap period between those vaccinations, the immunity is better,” said Jain.

With many folks likely to gather for the Christmas holiday, Jain says in addition to getting vaccinated it’s important to get tested as well.

He says knowing if you’re positive before gathering with people outside of your household is the key to preventing a new surge this holiday.

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