TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- People in North Mississippi are continuing to have trouble getting appointments for the coronavirus vaccine.
Several are still saying they’re having long wait times on the coronavirus hotline.
One Corinth lady told WTVA she’s been trying to register her sick husband for a vaccine since last week.
“My husband needs the vaccine because he is a cancer patient with an immune system that is worthless,” Lillie Weaver said.
Weaver is trying to get both her husband and herself registered for the vaccine, but is not having much luck.
“We’ve tried online and the closest thing and the fastest thing we could find was next Friday, February 5th. "
Weaver told us it was very important for her husband to avoid getting the coronavirus.
“His doctor told him not to get it, he would die if he did,” Weaver said.
People like Weaver are telling WTVA that they are still having really long wait times on the coronavirus hotline. She said she called the hotline on Monday, and was 97th in line.
After going online, Weaver said she discovered there were no vaccines available at the time.
She said she got a recorded message that said she would get a call back, but she hadn’t so far that day.
Mississippi is getting a steady supply of about 37,000 new vaccines each week. That’s according to State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs. He said about 1.3 million people are now eligible for the vaccine.
“When we get those doses available to us, we order them right away, and they’re sent off to different locations so they can be administered,” Dobbs said, “so we don’t really have like a stockpile of the vaccine, we’re using them real-time, almost like a real-time inventory.”
Weaver is frustrated by the wait times on the hotline. She suggested a recording that would tell people they’re out instead of making people wait for someone to answer.
“This is serious stuff, and people need that information, and they need facts, not somebody’s opinion or what they think somebody wants to say, but they need the truth.”
For now (written January 25, 2021), healthcare workers, people 65 and older, and those 16 or older with chronic medical conditions can get the vaccine are authorized to get a coronavirus vaccination.