All first responders now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

Mississippi’s vaccine distribution rollout continues as teachers and all first responders are next in line to get the shot.

For first responders who have continued their work on the front lines throughout the pandemic, the vaccine could prove to be a game changer.

Biloxi Fire Chief Joe Boney says access to the vaccine is a relief for firefighters in his department.

Like many other front-line workers and first responders, Chief Boney says several members of his department have lived in campers or away from home at times out of fear of exposing loved ones to the virus. “It’s a big thing. These guys work. We don’t have the ability to tell someone no we’re not coming to help you if they call us so we have to be available. We’re still taking the steps to protect ourselves and the public, but boy it’s a great peace of mind to know that we’re not carrying it to our customers or our families.”

Chief Boney says about 50 percent of the Biloxi Fire Department has requested the vaccine so far.

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