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: 314710

Reported Deaths: 7254
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto21646260
Hinds20369416
Harrison17949309
Rankin13643278
Jackson13450246
Madison10113217
Lee9986174
Jones8384163
Forrest7689152
Lauderdale7198240
Lowndes6403148
Lamar623686
Lafayette6203119
Washington5341134
Bolivar4802132
Oktibbeha462998
Panola4596107
Pearl River4519146
Marshall4450103
Warren4393121
Pontotoc420872
Monroe4115133
Union411176
Neshoba4031176
Lincoln3969110
Hancock379586
Leflore3498125
Sunflower336290
Tate334784
Pike3327105
Scott316274
Alcorn313368
Yazoo311770
Itawamba300577
Copiah297465
Coahoma295579
Simpson295388
Tippah288768
Adams286982
Prentiss280060
Marion269380
Leake268473
Wayne262841
Grenada261587
Covington259881
George248148
Newton246862
Winston227581
Tishomingo227067
Jasper221148
Attala214473
Chickasaw208057
Holmes189174
Clay185554
Stone182833
Tallahatchie178941
Clarke178080
Calhoun170932
Yalobusha164638
Smith162534
Walthall134245
Greene130633
Lawrence128724
Montgomery127142
Noxubee126734
Perry126338
Amite123142
Carroll121829
Webster114532
Jefferson Davis107133
Tunica105726
Claiborne102430
Benton100025
Humphreys96733
Kemper95828
Franklin83923
Quitman81116
Choctaw76418
Wilkinson67531
Jefferson65728
Sharkey50217
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 539829

Reported Deaths: 11038
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson798271529
Mobile41261809
Madison35132506
Tuscaloosa25915455
Shelby25294249
Montgomery24705593
Baldwin21392310
Lee15987172
Calhoun14569319
Morgan14422280
Etowah13918353
Marshall12275225
Houston10641282
Elmore10147206
Limestone10065151
St. Clair9946245
Cullman9761194
Lauderdale9457243
DeKalb8865188
Talladega8339176
Walker7260278
Autauga7001108
Jackson6836112
Blount6771139
Colbert6320135
Coffee5578118
Dale4876113
Russell445138
Chilton4369113
Franklin426282
Covington4138118
Tallapoosa4044153
Escambia394777
Chambers3590123
Dallas3568153
Clarke351461
Marion3137101
Pike311977
Lawrence302698
Winston275773
Bibb264564
Geneva254078
Marengo249665
Pickens234862
Barbour232056
Hale223978
Butler219069
Fayette212662
Henry189643
Cherokee184645
Randolph182442
Monroe178141
Washington167739
Macon161150
Clay157157
Crenshaw153557
Cleburne149641
Lamar143236
Lowndes140553
Wilcox127430
Bullock123242
Conecuh110829
Coosa109228
Perry107826
Sumter104932
Greene92634
Choctaw61024
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