Phase 1A of COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan for Mississippi

Today Mississippi’s State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs held a press conference briefing the public on vaccine distribution.

According to Dr. Dobbs, Mississippi is currently in phase 1A of its COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan, where he says the state will remain for several weeks.

Phase 1A includes vaccinations of healthcare workers and long-term care facility residents and employees.

Dr. Dobbs says so far 12,600 Pfizer doses have been distributed to five major health systems in Mississippi.

This week, the long-term care vaccination plan was also activated, meaning 60,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine will go to residents and employees of those facilities.

This week, all other Mississippi hospitals will receive doses of the Moderna vaccine.

Currently, Dr. Dobbs says Mississippi is on track to surpass a thousand deaths this month. “These are a thousand people that could be with us next year. These are cousins, parents, aunts, uncles, moms and dads, brothers and sisters, children. People are dying from COVID. COVID is killing Mississippians. It is one of the leading causes of death in Mississippi. Please be careful. You can’t avoid cancer. You can’t avoid heart attacks in the short term, but you can avoid COVID.”

Dr. Dobbs also encouraged all Mississippians to take extra care this holiday season and to do your part in limiting the spread of COVID-19.

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