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Long-term care residents receiving coronavirus vaccine

The long-term care facility in Fulton began administering the vaccine to its staff and residents Wednesday morning.

Posted: Dec 30, 2020 12:43 PM
Updated: Dec 30, 2020 12:48 PM

FULTON, Miss. (WTVA) - Some residents living at the Courtyards Community Living Center became some of the first north Mississippians living in long-term care facilities to receive the coronavirus vaccine.

Walgreens staff delivered approximately 75 doses of the Pfizer vaccine Wednesday morning.

Administrator Tommy Minshew said this first round is to be distributed among the 85 staff members and 55 seniors at the facility.

After receiving the first dose, everyone waited in a secluded room for 15 minutes and were monitored for any possible side effects.

Minshew said this is just the first of three trips pharmacies will make to deliver vaccines.

Those who were not able to be vaccinated Wednesday will have the opportunity to receive their first doses on the next round of deliveries on Jan. 10.

Minshew said the vaccines aren’t mandatory but he expects a majority of people living at the facility will end up getting vaccinated.

“I’d rather get it than to face the fact knowing I didn’t because I have always been vaccinated since I was a little kid,” resident Donna Grisham said.

She was one of the first people in the facility to get vaccinated.

For Riley Melton, a simple shot in the arm gives him another shot at normalcy. The first person to receive the Pfizer vaccine at the Courtyards, Melton said he rolled up his sleeve for one reason: his family

After a COVID outbreak at the facility forced him and his family to spend the holidays apart, Melton said he’s now one step closer to being reunited.

“Everyone either needs to get their shot or wear their mask or whatever because it’s going to get worse before it gets better,” Grisham said.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 307519

Reported Deaths: 7096
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Hinds19888408
Harrison17489302
Rankin13311275
Jackson13097243
Madison9895210
Lee9856169
Jones8290160
Forrest7523146
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Lowndes6262144
Lamar610584
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Warren4280118
Marshall4273100
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Monroe4057132
Union403675
Neshoba3987176
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Hancock372085
Leflore3468124
Sunflower329389
Tate322681
Pike3180104
Scott310572
Yazoo304368
Alcorn297764
Itawamba296776
Copiah292965
Coahoma289677
Simpson287484
Tippah284668
Prentiss275659
Marion265779
Wayne261341
Leake261073
Grenada254982
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Newton244859
George237847
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Holmes186471
Clay182454
Stone179131
Clarke176876
Tallahatchie175240
Calhoun163230
Yalobusha158836
Smith158534
Walthall130543
Greene129433
Lawrence126223
Noxubee125933
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Perry125138
Carroll120826
Amite120041
Webster113432
Jefferson Davis105432
Tunica102525
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Benton97225
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Humphreys94332
Franklin81823
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Jefferson64828
Wilkinson64727
Sharkey49617
Issaquena1686
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Cases: 518899

Reported Deaths: 10712
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