Gov. Reeves hoping to get more COVID-19 vaccine doses for Mississippi soon

JACKSON, Miss. (WXXV) – Governor Tate Reeves says the state of Mississippi passed a major milestone regarding COVID-19 vaccinations over the weekend.

As of Monday, more than 100,000 Mississippians had received their first dose of the vaccine. Nearly 10,000 Mississippians have already received both doses.

However, Reeves says right now there are more people who are interested in being vaccinated than there are available doses.

Reeves says the Federal Pharmacy Program allocated too many doses to long-term care facilities.

He hopes to get some of the leftover vaccines redistributed to the general public in the next week or so.

Reeves also says he’s working to ensure that private clinics are giving out all of their allotted vaccinations, and he says there’s also a new way to schedule your vaccination appointment.

“There’s approximately 147 on the list. When I got it on Friday, approximately 94 of them, almost two-thirds, had given out less than half of what they’d been allocated. Just about 29 of them were just above 65 percent, so we made the decision that this week, we would only send additional vaccines to those providers who have given out at least 65 percent of their current doses,” said Governor Tate Reeves. “The vaccines that we don’t send to sites, that are falling behind, will go to support sites that are efficiently getting the vaccine out.”

The Governor also says 95 percent of all nursing home residents should have access to vaccinations by the end of the month.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency Director Greg Michel says many of those eligible for vaccination, such as healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and staff, can get a shot through hospitals or clinics.

Michel notes the registration website and call center are only for the drive-through clinics.

To try scheduling an appointment for a COVID-19 vaccine when they are available, go to  covidvaccine.umc.edu or call 1-877-978-6453.

All healthcare workers (including EMTs and paramedics), persons 65 years of age or older, or those 18 – 64 years of age with underlying medical conditions are currently eligible to receive the vaccine.

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