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MSU offers free COVID vaccines to students and employees

Mississippi State University received over 1-thousand Pfizer vaccines and 300 Johnson and Johnson shots to administer to its students and employees.

Posted: Apr 1, 2021 9:27 AM

STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - Not too long ago, Mississippi State University (MSU) announced it was offering free vaccines to all employees. Now, the university extended its offer to its students as well.

MSU emergency manager Brent Crocker said the university currently has 1,170 Pfizer vaccines and 300 Johnson and Johnson shots available for students and employees.

“We understand that students sometimes feel like if they do get it, they’re not going to be very sick," he said. "But we need them to also understand that they could pass it on to someone else.”

No one understands that concept better than State junior, Olivia Snell.

With a 96-year-old great-grandmother, she decided to get the vaccine to regain the ability to visit her without worrying about getting her sick.

Snell is awaiting her second dose appointment. She feels that it could only help her fellow classmates to receive the vaccine too.

“A normal college life is really important," she explained. "A lot of us aren’t getting a lot out of online classes and I know like for sporting events, we all want to get back in there and cheer on the Bulldogs. So, I think if everyone really just did their part to get back to normal, it would make a big difference.”

The university will begin offering the vaccine on Thursday at the Humphrey Coliseum starting at 9 A.M. and go until noon.

Crocker believes by giving students easy access to the vaccine, it will bring great advancements to the university as a whole.

“We are a community. We’re a very close community," said Crocker. "We come in contact with each other regularly, even when we try to distance. So, we want the entire community to do their best to prevent further spread of COVID-19 and the vaccine is one of those great steps.”

The emergency manager said the university will continue to give vaccines out for as long as possible, however, the university is on a tight deadline as students leave for summer vacation next month.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 497790

Reported Deaths: 9917
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34102530
DeSoto31839398
Hinds31837622
Jackson24314377
Rankin21881388
Lee15427234
Madison14525279
Jones13772241
Forrest13412250
Lauderdale11937314
Lowndes10934185
Lamar10470135
Pearl River9431237
Lafayette8454138
Hancock7697126
Washington7365156
Oktibbeha7111129
Monroe6727174
Warren6642176
Pontotoc6609101
Neshoba6606205
Panola6460131
Marshall6386132
Bolivar6266145
Union596094
Pike5784152
Alcorn5633101
Lincoln5417134
George491879
Scott470998
Tippah465381
Prentiss464181
Leflore4627143
Itawamba4596104
Adams4570119
Tate4546109
Copiah445191
Simpson4421116
Wayne438572
Yazoo438586
Covington427394
Marion4216107
Sunflower4215104
Coahoma4115104
Leake407787
Newton380879
Grenada3692108
Stone358464
Tishomingo356391
Attala330289
Jasper328265
Winston313191
Clay306375
Chickasaw296767
Clarke290694
Calhoun277945
Holmes266987
Smith262550
Yalobusha232647
Tallahatchie225251
Walthall217763
Greene215548
Lawrence211140
Perry204755
Amite203954
Webster201645
Noxubee185340
Montgomery179056
Jefferson Davis170642
Carroll167438
Tunica158639
Benton147438
Kemper141241
Choctaw133026
Claiborne131237
Humphreys129038
Franklin119128
Quitman106227
Wilkinson104539
Jefferson94234
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 812694

Reported Deaths: 15142
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1139601904
Mobile721751321
Madison51923685
Shelby37240339
Baldwin37044538
Tuscaloosa34902599
Montgomery33919719
Lee23122240
Calhoun22125469
Morgan20620370
Etowah19739496
Marshall18238298
Houston17288405
St. Clair15897337
Cullman15297290
Limestone15178198
Elmore15038284
Lauderdale14125294
Talladega13692271
DeKalb12554258
Walker11069364
Blount10081174
Autauga9883146
Jackson9776177
Coffee9176188
Dale8856180
Colbert8781200
Tallapoosa7032195
Escambia6725127
Covington6672179
Chilton6580160
Russell624758
Franklin5927105
Chambers5558142
Marion4952126
Dallas4854199
Clarke472681
Pike4716105
Geneva4558126
Winston4461101
Lawrence4252117
Bibb421686
Barbour355374
Marengo333989
Monroe329962
Randolph324763
Butler323994
Pickens313581
Henry310565
Hale308787
Cherokee299457
Fayette290579
Washington250851
Cleburne245958
Crenshaw243375
Clay239767
Macon230662
Lamar215446
Conecuh185351
Coosa177738
Lowndes173161
Wilcox167038
Bullock151744
Perry138040
Sumter131138
Greene125544
Choctaw86627
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