Mississippi allotted 30,000 COVID-19 vaccines for drive-thru distribution
COVID vaccine roll out has been “a little lumpy,” according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.
The state of Mississippi has been allotted 30,000 vaccines each week to be distributed at county-run drive-thru sites. This week, Mississippi now has a total of 19 drive-thru sites for patients who meet the state’s requirements at this time.
Mississippi does not require proof of identification or state residency for a vaccine. They want everyone who is eligible, which includes those 65-years-old and older, anyone living or working in a long-term care living facility, health care workers, and anyone 16-64 with a medical condition, to get their vaccine.
The state is working on increasing the number of drive-thru sites and health equity to all racial backgrounds in Mississippi rural neighborhoods. Dr. Thomas Dobbs said, “Hospital partners that have clinics that have sort of outlined rural areas where they provided healthcare so we’re gonna continue to do that. Is it gonna be perfect, no? Even if you live in Jackson you have trouble getting access to vaccines just because the demand is so high, we recognize that’s a real challenge but also in addition to that attempt to provide balance, we are ever expanding our footprint of drive-thru locations.”
The Mississippi State Department of Health will continue to update their website with current dose information and appointment availability. Visit msdh.ms.gov for updated COVID news and information.