ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) -- If you qualify, you can get the vaccine at a number of Mississippi hospitals.
People who can receive vaccines now are those 65 and older, per Governor Reeves' announcement on Tuesday, January 12.
The Monroe Regional Hospital in Monroe County is one of several hospitals in Mississippi to start giving the coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday. People register at this hospital must register by phone. Workers told WTVA there is no website to register.
“It feels alright,” vaccine recipient Ed White said after getting shot one of two at the hospital.
He said the process wasn’t too hard at all.
“Came in the office, signed my name, and filled out some papers, and went and got the shot.”
“We’re gonna give around 300 doses initially. We’ve given about 150 since we started with healthcare professionals until now with the 75 and older,” Vaccine Coordinator Morgan Allen said.
“It’s gone very well,” she said, describing the first day.
Allen added all appointments are booked through Thursday, but said that people do sometimes cancel.
She explained new patients have to fill out new paperwork, and that caused the longest wait.
“It takes a little bit of time, but after that, we haven’t had anybody that’s had to wait very long, waiting to get the vaccine,” Allen said.
She added there is one way to sign up for the vaccine at Monroe Regional Hospital: Call. You cannot register online at Monroe Regional Hospital.
One WTVA reporter tried calling the number, and a lady picked up immediately.
“They just call here and they’ll get our outpatient number back there, and they will get ‘em scheduled,” Allen said.
Allen explained the hospital is trying to vaccinate 65-70 people per day.
She said workers update the hospital’s Facebook page as they get new information. The link to the hospital’s Facebook page is here.
For White, by getting the vaccine, he felt like he was doing his part.
“I’m 89 years old and I’m supposed to have it, so I got it.”
Monroe Regional Hospital closes between noon and 1:00 p.m. for lunch, but outside of that, workers will give coronavirus vaccines Monday through Thursday between 8 a.m. AND 4 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. until 3 in the afternoon.