Vaccine now available in Mississippi to 65 and older, those with pre-existing conditions

JACKSON, Miss. (WXXV) – As of Tuesday, Jan. 12, COVID-19 vaccines are available in Mississippi to anyone 65 and older as well as anyone with pre-existing health conditions that would make them vulnerable to the coronavirus.

This week marks the fourth week of vaccinations, and the state of Mississippi has doubled its total number of distributions since last week.

In a press conference Tuesday, Governor Tate Reeves said the state is up to about 30,000 “shots in arms” a week – a trend he hopes will continue to climb.

Reeves said more than 57,000 Mississippians have received their first dose, and more than 5,000 have now had their second dose.

“To our emergency first responders, to our police officers, to our firefighters, and to our teachers, you’re on deck. The next time we have an update, I expect it will be to announce that the vaccine will become available to you. So please stay tuned. If you are currently in one of those professions, and you have a pre-existing condition, or if you are over the age of 65, do not feel the need to wait. Get an appointment today,” Reeves said.

For more information on how to set up an appointment to be vaccinated, call 1-877-978-6453, or visit covidvaccine.umc.edu.

However, be aware that both the phone lines and the UMC website are experiencing technical difficulties from the amount of people trying to use them. So, you may have long wait times or delays in setting up your appointment.

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