COVID-19 vaccine sites opening in Mississippi

COVID vaccines have been in Mississippi for a couple of weeks now. According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, 20,003 people have been vaccinated.

Starting today, vaccination sites open across the state.

Vaccinations are still in phase one focusing on healthcare workers and residents and staff at long term health care facilities. State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers wants to make sure they are first when it comes to getting the vaccination.  “We have already distributed out a lot of vaccines in both of those efforts, the hospitals, the long-term care facilities to continue to target those personnel.”

Starting Monday, Mississippi State Department of Health will open 18 drive-thru sites throughout the state to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to healthcare workers and healthcare staff. Dr. Byers said, “That includes folks like emergency medical personnel, obviously nurses and doctors. It includes dentists and any of those administrative and support staff that are working in hospital settings, clinic settings, and healthcare settings.”

Vaccinations will eventually be administered to other groups including police, EMS, and other essential workers.  MSDH Office of Health Protection Director Jim Craig said, “EMS, certified emergency technicians, and certified physicians are definitely appropriate, but we should make sure all of vaccination efforts are focused on those critical healthcare and long-term care resources.”

The vaccination sites are appointment only.

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