Coronavirus vaccine available for those over 75 in Mississippi

Mississippi residents 75 and older are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Posted: Jan 6, 2021 6:06 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi residents 75 and older are now eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine. Mississippi health officials say they are looking to ramp up distribution as quickly and safely as possible as cases and virus-related deaths continue to reach peak levels in the state.

“We know that people in this group are at the highest risk for severe illness, for hospitalization and also for death, and it’s very important that we offer it to those folks," said State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs at a Wednesday news briefing.

Mississippi reported a record 91 virus-related deaths in one day Tuesday — something Dobbs said is weighing heavily on officials' minds.

Starting Wednesday, those 75 and over can get vaccinated at 18 high-volume drive-through sites throughout the state, Dobbs said.
Appointments can be made for the drive-through clinics at https://covidvaccine.umc.edu. Patients are required to fill in their date of birth on the form, but verification will be on the honor system, Dobbs said. Those with additional questions can call the MSDH COVID-19 Hotline at 1-877-978-6453.

Dobbs said the drive-through sites are set to accommodate at least 300 patients this week, with another 6,000 slots available for patients next week.

“We know that those appointments are filling up very quickly,” Dobbs said.

Additionally, more than 170 private clinics and community health centers that wish to start vaccinating patients have requested doses from the state Department of Health.

Dobbs said 9,500 doses have already been sent out to private clinics and community health centers to vaccinate employees. Those facilities have been approved to begin using the leftover vaccine on qualifying patients. More vaccine will be on the way to those sites soon. The Department of Health will release the names of the private clinics that will be vaccinating patients in the coming days.

Republican Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday that he hoped to get vaccinations up and running for those over 75 by next week, but the Department of Health made it happen sooner. Reeves said he aims to make those over 65 eligible for vaccinations next.

So far, 43% of the 53,000 doses allocated to health systems have been used to vaccinate health care employees. Approximately 1.4% of the vaccine allocated for long-term care facilities — around 78,000 doses — has been administered. Walgreens and CVS Health are running that initiative through contracts with the federal government.

During a meeting of the Mississippi Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee Wednesday, representatives from CVS and Walgreens said they are working quickly to add more staff to speed up the process, including looking to pharmacists out of state to help.

Executive Director of the Mississippi Board of Pharmacy Susan McCoy said there are plenty of pharmacists in Mississippi that would be willing to assist. She said she would put a call out to pharmacists to apply to join the program.

“We need to get people immunized, and I don't think someone who's about to die of the virus cares where the person comes from," Chairman Sen. Hob Bryan said. Bryan said CVS and Walgreens officials should do anything in their power to fold more professionals from both Mississippi and-out of-state into the process.

Dobbs asked that residents remain patient during the vaccination rollout process.

“I know folks are very anxious to have it done, but it needs to be done in an orderly way and an efficient way," he said.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 268672

Reported Deaths: 5917
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto17928195
Hinds17030337
Harrison14510212
Rankin11315223
Jackson11054193
Lee9109147
Madison8663171
Jones6853120
Forrest6260125
Lauderdale6161196
Lowndes5582123
Lafayette5269101
Lamar508765
Washington4965125
Bolivar4164110
Oktibbeha411585
Panola389881
Pontotoc380460
Monroe3727111
Warren3716103
Marshall360172
Union360165
Pearl River3527106
Neshoba3516158
Leflore3132110
Lincoln308389
Hancock300963
Sunflower294277
Tate281862
Alcorn274055
Pike272984
Itawamba271263
Scott264055
Yazoo258456
Prentiss255454
Coahoma252455
Copiah251549
Tippah251551
Simpson244872
Leake238967
Marion228274
Covington224873
Grenada224673
Wayne216336
Adams216271
Winston208271
George206440
Newton201447
Attala197465
Tishomingo196361
Chickasaw190245
Jasper183138
Holmes172568
Clay168637
Tallahatchie158035
Stone153625
Clarke148762
Calhoun142022
Smith131926
Yalobusha124935
Walthall115438
Greene114929
Noxubee114526
Montgomery112936
Lawrence107917
Carroll106922
Perry105931
Amite102727
Webster98024
Claiborne90125
Tunica89621
Jefferson Davis89330
Benton86923
Humphreys85625
Kemper81220
Quitman7169
Franklin71017
Choctaw64013
Wilkinson60125
Jefferson57321
Sharkey45717
Issaquena1616
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 445909

Reported Deaths: 6896
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson651891049
Mobile32138590
Madison28596223
Tuscaloosa21703276
Montgomery20220336
Shelby19584138
Baldwin17496216
Lee13378109
Morgan12741145
Etowah12196189
Calhoun11626228
Marshall10513126
Houston9097168
Limestone842481
Cullman8363125
Elmore8283112
Lauderdale7986112
DeKalb7935112
St. Clair7915139
Talladega6552112
Walker6068184
Jackson605649
Colbert560194
Blount551794
Autauga544065
Coffee470569
Dale415186
Franklin378150
Russell362816
Chilton348079
Covington344681
Escambia342244
Tallapoosa3184109
Dallas314197
Chambers308575
Clarke307339
Pike267735
Lawrence256958
Marion255763
Winston235243
Bibb224751
Geneva214747
Marengo212031
Pickens201831
Barbour188240
Hale187444
Fayette181230
Butler175960
Cherokee167433
Henry161325
Monroe153521
Randolph148236
Washington144027
Clay131050
Crenshaw126245
Macon124337
Cleburne123627
Lamar121324
Lowndes117636
Wilcox109422
Bullock105829
Perry100518
Conecuh98222
Sumter90828
Greene78323
Coosa64619
Choctaw52224
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