Traveling out of state to get a COVID vaccine

People are traveling across state lines to receive a COVID vaccine. These people are known as vaccine tourists.

To get vaccinated with the Mississippi State Department of Health you must be a resident of Mississippi. However, to get vaccinated with Singing River Health System there is no residential requirement.

Some Singing River patients travel to Mississippi for heart treatments and other care. Patients from Louisiana, Alabama, and traveling construction workers may find it difficult getting a vaccine in their home state so they get their shots here. Singing River Vaccination Hotline worker Alison Cooley said, “Each state has a different fluctuation with how busy they are with going through the health department. I feel like it’s a little easier to get an appointment through us because that can be very frustrating because there are so many people going through the health department, and for some places they’re already coming here because they see a doctor here anyway, so they rather come through our system to get theirs.”

Each state is encouraged to vaccinate their own residents.

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