Fighting COVID-19 on several fronts in Mississippi

The vaccinations are rolling out across the state, but COVID cases are still surging in Mississippi.

With today’s latest report from the state health department making January the second deadliest month so far for coronavirus deaths in Mississippi.

An additional 1,702 cases of COVID-19 and 64 new deaths were reported by the Mississippi State Department of Health on Wednesday, but the fight against COVID is being fought on several fronts through South Mississippi.

One of those fronts is the Coast Coliseum where this week the facility became a site for COVID vaccinations, serving Harrison County residents pre-registered with the Mississippi Department of Health for the vaccine.

As of Wednesday, Harrison County had the second highest rate of people vaccinated in the state with 7,636, trailing only behind Hinds County with 9,346. Coast Coliseum Executive Director Matt McDonnell said, “The Coliseum and Convention Center has been a part of our community for over 43 years, and the ability for us to step up and work in conjunction with the Harrison County Board of Supervisors and the Mississippi Department of Health, that’s really important.”

You must have an appointment scheduled with and through the Mississippi Department of Health before you roll into the Coast Coliseum for your COVID vaccinations. For those of you who still have questions about the vaccine, the Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce has a free service that just may provide the answers you’re looking for next week. Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce CEO Adele Lyons said, “On January 26th, we have Cindy Hansen, who’s with Memorial Hospital talking about the COVID vaccine. We’re seeing the vaccines take off. We’re seeing people be able to make appointments and get those vaccines based on their age or their medical situation. There are still some people who still have a lot of questions, such as why should I do this or what does it mean for me, how does it work, what is the process? Cindy’s going to answer all those questions from a medical standpoint. She’s an RN also, so she understands the medical side of the vaccine.”

As for booking your vaccination appointment with the Mississippi Department of Health: “Be patient. I know their website is sometimes backlogged, but make it a point to try to get registered as soon as you can.”

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