JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Teachers and first responders will soon be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine, Gov. Tate Reeves announced during a briefing Tuesday afternoon.
He said open eligibility for these individuals is scheduled to begin on March 1.
During the briefing, Reeves said more vaccination appointments will be available Wednesday, Feb. 24.
- Adults aged 65 and older
- Anyone 16 to 64 years old with a chronic health condition
- Long-term care facility residents and staff
- Healthcare personnel and EMT/paramedics
He added Mississippi has seen 17 straight days with less than 1,000 reported coronavirus cases.
More than half a million shots have been administered in Mississippi, the governor added.
State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers, who joined Reeves on the briefing, said Mississippians may see a slight increase in the number of reported cases later this week after many clinics across the state closed last week due to the winter weather.
But Byers said the decline in numbers is good news nonetheless.
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