Governor Reeves blames CDC for vaccination hold up in Mississippi

Vaccinations are here but they’re being distributed a little slower than expected. That’s what Governor Tate Reeves said this afternoon as he updates the state on where we stand with COVID-19.

Governor Reeves believes the reason why the process is moving so slow is because the CDC’s decision to hold back and focus on whom should be getting the vaccine and who should get it first.

One decision that was discussed is allowing vulnerable Mississippians to receive the vaccine next week. “Starting next week, those over the age of 75 will have access to the vaccine. Starting a week after that, those over the age of 65 will have access to the vaccine. We’re launching more vaccination sites. We know that we cannot afford delays in protecting those who are at the greatest risk. We must focus on saving lives and we know that those over the age of 65 are more vulnerable than those under the age of 65.”

Dr. Thomas Dobbs said as of Monday, 23,511 Mississippians have gotten the first dose of the vaccine. Reeves said the state was allocated 190,000 doses and about 163,000 have been distributed including 78,000 to long-term care facilities that are administered through a federal contract with CVS and Walgreens.

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