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Opinion | With the COVID-19 vaccine, help is on the way | Otis Sanford

Local 24 News political analyst and commentator Otis Sanford shares his point of view on getting vaccinated for COVID-19 in Shelby County.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — As America reaches a sad milestone in the coronavirus pandemic, the clamor to get vaccinated only grows by the day. Which is why sufficient and accurate information about who can get the vaccine and when – are more critical now than ever.

Monday, we solemnly marked 500 thousand deaths nationwide from COVID-19. As one national news reporter said, over the past year, COVID has killed one American every single minute of every single day.

Hundreds of Memphians are included in that number, and we mourn their loss. The silver lining is that vaccines are our only way out of this tragedy. But misinformation about vaccinations is making the process more burdensome.

A Shelby County government official told the county commission Monday that vaccination sites are being plagued by what she called a wave of false information on social media. As a result, people flock to sites without appointments and wait in line – only to be told that the information they got from Facebook and other places is wrong. Full disclosure, it happened to me over the weekend.

The best move is to call 901-222-SHOT to make an appointment. Some hospitals and other private locations such as Walmart are also offering the vaccine. But making multiple appointments only adds to the confusion.

The number of COVID deaths truly is staggering, but with the vaccine, help is on the way. And that’s my point of view. 

Early Treatment for COVID-19 An effective early treatment is available for persons who test positive and have the following risk factors: Anyone over age 12 with obesity, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, or whose immunity is compromised by disease or prescription treatments.