TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A Tupelo clinic wants to make it easy for people who live in rural areas to get the COVID-19 (coronavirus) vaccine.
Staff with the Hooks Diabetes and Medicine Clinic have vaccinated approximately 132 people within three weeks. Former NFL player Jason Ferguson is one of those patients.
“It’s an opportunity to do it. It's an opportunity to show the community it's okay to get it done,” Ferguson said.
Staff, in part with the Northeast Mississippi Coalition Against COVID-19, is preparing to reach people who can't travel to the clinic but want to be vaccinated.
“So, what we’re going to do is we’re going to be able to bring the vaccination into those rural communities where there is no access,” nurse Tomika Townsend said
The clinic’s first mobile site will be on Saturday, April 10 at the Mississippi Minority Farmers building at 1995 Pine Grove Road in Shannon.
The staff plans to host other sites across north Mississippi.
Dr. Nancy Hooks said staff at the clinic will continue to vaccinate residents every Wednesday at the clinic, along with the new mobile initiative.
“This is something that’s needed, and having vaccination every Wednesday is huge for this area because we're trying to be a part of the solution," Hooks said. "And the solution is getting as many people vaccinated as we can.”