NMHS president and lead doctor received coronavirus vaccine

The two leaders of the hospital system each received their first doses of the vaccine on Tuesday.

Posted: Jan 5, 2021 8:20 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2021 8:20 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Two of the North Mississippi Medical Center’s top administrators got their vaccinations on Tuesday.

Chief Executive Officer Shane Spees and Chief Executive Medical Officer Dr. Jeremy Blanchard each received the first shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

Spees receives shot 1 of 2 of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday. 01-05-21.

“I feel excited,” Spees said.

“Personally, receiving the vaccine, I think is a touch of hope in my life,” Blanchard said.

Blanchard said he’s honored to receive it after the frontline caregivers received it.

“Because as a leader it’s essential to recognize those who are really giving their love, life, and effort to care for our community,” Blanchard said.

“It’s the one tool that can get us back to normal, or what I see it as, freedom to go and live our lives as we lived it before COVID,” Spees said.

They added the shot was nearly painless, over in a matter of seconds.

Looking forward, Blanchard and Spees said they are hopeful people will grow to trust the coronavirus vaccine. Spees said he is hopeful life can continue as it was before the pandemic soon.

“I’m hopeful that we’ll have a lot of people take it very quickly as soon as it’s offered,” Spees said.

Blanchard said there will still be challenges to come in the future, but one major thing he has right now... is hope.

“I’m hopeful that the vaccine will help us face those in a way that really brings out the genuine Mississippian community of caring for each other and being together again,” Blanchard said.

Spees said we don’t know yet how long the vaccine will last, but actually having a tool now to combat this virus and save lives is a major step toward ending this pandemic.

Spees added he and Blanchard are supposed to come back in 21 days for the second and final shot of the Pfizer vaccine.

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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