Tupelo doctor talks upcoming vaccine, urges public to mask up

Reporter Erin Wilson spoke with Dr. Jeremy Blanchard, the chief medical officer of North Mississippi Health Services, about the upcoming vaccine.

Posted: Nov 18, 2020 7:15 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - With the chances of a vaccine or vaccines being made available soon, hospitals across the country have been preparing for proper storage.

Reporter Erin Wilson spoke with Dr. Jeremy Blanchard, the chief medical officer of North Mississippi Health Services, about the vaccine.

Dr. Jeremy Blanchard is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of North Mississippi Health Services (NMHS). Photo Date: Nov. 18, 2020.

As for an upcoming vaccine, Blanchard said there are two types of vaccines that could be distributed soon.

"Our first surge, our big population were African American males," he said. "If we look at our surge now, it's in older white men."

The shift is due to those who choose to wear masks and those who don’t, he added. He urged the community to mask up, adding it may not be required much longer.

"Do you want to be locked down? Do you want to be quarantined? Do you want us not to have an economy? Because if you go no vaccine that's exactly what you're doing."

The vaccines require sub-zero tempeatures while being stored. Blanchard said NMMC is preparated.

He expects the vaccine will first be made available to health care workers and people with disabilities.

Once distributed to the community, he feels the vaccine is safe for everyone to take.

"I have absolutely zero reason to believe you're going to have any chronic problems or anybody will have chronic problems associated with this vaccine."

Without the vaccine, the chances of developing chronic problems are high if the virus is contracted, he added.

Although a vaccine may be available this year, the doctor expects a longer wait for the general public.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 313942

Reported Deaths: 7240
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto21580258
Hinds20330415
Harrison17879309
Rankin13594278
Jackson13429246
Madison10088217
Lee9970174
Jones8370163
Forrest7670152
Lauderdale7188241
Lowndes6387146
Lamar622486
Lafayette6184118
Washington5332133
Bolivar4801132
Oktibbeha462198
Panola4582106
Pearl River4506146
Marshall4435103
Warren4386121
Pontotoc420172
Monroe4107133
Union410076
Neshoba4030176
Lincoln3962110
Hancock378486
Leflore3493125
Sunflower335990
Tate333384
Pike3316105
Scott315773
Alcorn312768
Yazoo311469
Itawamba299777
Copiah296865
Coahoma295179
Simpson294988
Tippah288168
Prentiss279760
Adams278782
Marion269080
Leake267473
Wayne262641
Grenada261386
Covington258281
George247848
Newton246261
Winston227081
Tishomingo226667
Jasper221048
Attala214273
Chickasaw207757
Holmes188873
Clay185254
Stone182433
Tallahatchie178541
Clarke177980
Calhoun170532
Yalobusha164238
Smith162334
Walthall133945
Greene130533
Lawrence128524
Montgomery126742
Noxubee126734
Perry126338
Amite123042
Carroll121828
Webster114532
Jefferson Davis107033
Tunica105226
Claiborne102430
Benton99525
Humphreys96533
Kemper95728
Franklin83623
Quitman80716
Choctaw76318
Wilkinson67230
Jefferson65528
Sharkey50217
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 531404

Reported Deaths: 10985
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson765501522
Mobile41036805
Madison34789503
Tuscaloosa25788453
Montgomery24340589
Shelby23449249
Baldwin21154308
Lee15882171
Calhoun14511314
Morgan14306279
Etowah13843353
Marshall12232223
Houston10570281
Elmore10068205
Limestone9974151
Cullman9676194
St. Clair9661243
Lauderdale9427241
DeKalb8831186
Talladega8227176
Walker7241277
Autauga6926108
Jackson6814112
Blount6678137
Colbert6306134
Coffee5519119
Dale4838111
Russell441538
Chilton4296112
Franklin426082
Covington4129118
Tallapoosa4023152
Escambia393677
Chambers3573123
Dallas3551152
Clarke351161
Marion3122101
Pike310977
Lawrence300398
Winston274473
Bibb260964
Geneva250477
Marengo249564
Pickens234461
Barbour231057
Hale223077
Butler216069
Fayette212562
Henry188844
Cherokee185245
Randolph180542
Monroe177540
Washington167339
Macon159650
Clay156756
Crenshaw152557
Cleburne148941
Lamar142535
Lowndes138853
Wilcox127130
Bullock122841
Conecuh110529
Perry107726
Coosa107628
Sumter104732
Greene92534
Choctaw60724
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