Seeing COVID vaccine need, Memphis pharmacists start mobile clinic

Ted and Merica Lyons have been pharmacists for more than two decades. They’ve worked through bad flu seasons and events like the 2009 swine flu pandemic. After years in Memphis, they were acutely familiar with the existing healthcare disparities in the community.

However, when the COVID-19 pandemic struck in early 2020, it threw into sharp focus how stark the Mid-South’s healthcare disparities are. And when COVID-19 vaccines became publicly available in early 2021, the couple knew from their years of experience a combination of lack of access and vaccine skepticism could keep many people from getting the shots.

“What can we do to try to help with this problem?” Ted said. “You’re gonna have to go out to the people. You have to educate, you have to find the thought leaders in the community, the people who are trusted, those trusted others to give them some type of vicarious confidence that will allow them to go ahead and be vaccinated. Well, you can’t do that from your major corporations. You really have to have boots on the ground.”

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