First day of COVID vaccine roll out at the Harrison County Health Department

There was a constant flow of traffic to receive the COVID-19 vaccine today as the start of phase 1A for administering the doses is in full swing.

All healthcare personnel and those living in long-term care facilities qualify for the vaccine.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Harrison County Health Department in Gulfport set up a vaccination drive-thru for registered healthcare workers.

About 180 doses of the Moderna vaccine were administered between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. It is mandatory that healthcare workers register before arriving to keep lines controlled and quick.

After receiving the vaccine, patients are monitored for an additional 15 minutes to ensure everyone who drives away doesn’t have any immediate medical side effects. National Guard COVID operations Team Sgt. Hartzog said, “This morning alone I believe we’ve seen about 180-185 around that range. It’s been in and out. It’s great to see everyone coming out trying to get these vaccines especially our healthcare workers because they’re the ones taking care of us on the front lines. People register first. They show up on time. We get them in. We get them out. It’s a 15-minute wait to see about any side effects or anything that’s going on. So far today everything’s been perfect.”

The Mississippi National Guard came to support to distribute the vaccine.

Harrison County Health Department vaccinations will be operating again Friday, January 8th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

You can go to the Mississippi State Department of Health’s website for the schedule and to make an appointment.

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