State of Mississippi releases plans for COVID-19 vaccine distribution

Mississippi has released its COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan.

A distribution timeline for vaccines is still being developed, but State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs expects the first doses in Mississippi as early as December.

With limited vaccine supplies to start, Mississippi’s draft plan calls for about more than 156,000 paid and unpaid workers in healthcare settings with potentially infectious patients to be vaccinated first.

Vaccinations would follow for first responders, food packaging and distribution workers, public school employees and students, and those at increased risk for grave illness due to age or underlying medical conditions including nursing home residents.

Vaccination sites would at first be limited to hospitals and satellite facilities.

Both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two doses administered several weeks apart.

State health officials have asked that Congress provide $8.4 billion for the massive nationwide effort.

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