JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) The Director of Health Protection, Jim Craig said the department receives 37,000 coronavirus vaccines each week. Thirty- thousand of those vaccines goes to the state's drive-through sites.
"That leaves a very small amount of vaccine to be distributed to other partners around the state," he said
State Epidemiologist, Paul Byers added, MSDH also has to make sure medical workers have enough doses for themselves.
On Wednesday, Trace Regional Hospital employees said the amount of vaccines they received was not enough to meet the appointments they scheduled so they had to cancel some. Other hospitals in North Mississippi face the same issue.
Doctor Byers said its important for hospital employees to understand they won’t receive a steady supply of doses for the public.
"They need to make plans and arrangements to utilize the amount that we’re able to provide them,” he said.
Byers is encouraging workers to schedule appointments within their means. Dr. Byers also said hospitals shouldn’t worry about second doses for people who did receive the first vaccine. He said the department of health will ship second doses soon.