Vaccine appointments in Mississippi booked for ten days
Governor Tate Reeves shares frustrations with COVID vaccine roll out.
Getting the COVID vaccine into arms as soon as doses are available is the goal for Governor Tate Reeves. In Gulfport Thursday, the governor told News 25 that the state of Mississippi has only put half the doses the state has received in arms and he is frustrated. “Hospitals across Mississippi have gotten over 100,000 doses and as of yesterday put 45,000 in arms. They’re less than half way there.”
However, Governor Reeves says hospitals here on the Coast are not in that category. “Gulfport Memorial and Singing River in Harrison and Jackson counties are not surprising because they have high quality leadership at the top and are actually getting shots in arms.”
Phone lines to make an appointment have been backed up all over the state. However, Memorial Hospital says they accept walk-in patients. Memorial Vice President of Clinic Operations Matt Walker said, “On a first come, first serve approach, where we will set up in a geographical area and then allow the people that meet criteria to just come while supplies last.”
52,000 COVID vaccine appointments have been made in the last 36 hours across the state of Mississippi and most distribution sites are booked until next Friday.
Memorial Hospital says they are here to help. They are just waiting on the Mississippi Department of Health to give them more COVID vaccine doses. “This idea that we’re not getting any more doses until mid-February is not accurate. If you’ve already gotten your first dose don’t be concerned, the second dose is already allocated for you. That’s the way the system is working. That’s the way the federal government requires it.”