Mississippi gov. receives COVID-19 vaccine on Facebook live

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves received the COVID-19 vaccine on Jan. 13, 2021.

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has received the coronavirus vaccine.

Posted: Jan 13, 2021 1:33 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves received the coronavirus vaccine Wednesday on a video streamed to Facebook Live. The Republican governor said he wanted to take the vaccine publicly to demonstrate his “confidence in its safety and efficacy.”

“We've heard from a lot of Mississippians who are concerned about taking the vaccine and what we've tried to do, over the last several weeks, is remove roadblocks,” Reeves said, standing in the governor's mansion in Jackson with State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

Reeves, 46, said he doesn't want there to be any doubt that he supports the vaccine.

“We've heard, ‘If the governor won’t take it, I won't take it,'” Reeves said. “The reality is, it's time."

Wearing a face covering depicting the American flag, Reeves sat in a chair while a nurse administered the shot. He did not say what type of vaccine he received — Pfizer's, developed with Germany’s BioNTech, or Moderna, developed with U.S. National Institutes of Health.

“I’m not a great patient, and so I don’t love shots," he joked. "But I know that this is the thing to do, and it’s going to help protect me, but also help protect our loved ones.”

As of Wednesday, the coronavirus vaccine is available in Mississippi for health care workers, people living in long-term care facilities, those 65 and older and individuals with health conditions.

Mississippi set up drive-thru sites for vaccinations across the state. The vaccine is also available at some private clinics. People eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine can make an appointment at COVIDvaccine.umc.edu or by calling the COVID-19 call center at 1-877-978-6453.

The state Health Department reported Wednesday that Mississippi had 1,942 new confirmed cases of the virus as of Tuesday evening. The department also reported 31 deaths Wednesday. The state has reported nearly 243,899 cases of the virus and 5,315 related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

Dobbs said the virus is still taking the lives of many Mississippians. He said during a media briefing Tuesday that he had lost several friends in the past week because of coronavirus complications.

A member of Mississippi's state Board of Health, Dr. Ed Dalton Barham died of COVID-19 complications Saturday, according to an obituary. He was 79.

Barham, known as Tad or Taddy, had served on the board since 2012, after being appointed by former Gov. Phil Bryant. He was elected chairman in 2017.

“He felt it was a privilege and an honor to serve in a leadership position to help promote public health in Mississippi,” his family wrote in his obituary.

Barham was a graduate of Mississippi College and George Washington School of Medicine. He served in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel.

Barham, of Clinton, served as chief of radiology at Doctor’s Hospital, the V.A. Medical Center, River Oaks Hospital and Woman’s Hospital in Mississippi. He practiced the majority of his professional life — over 35 years — at Woman’s Hospital, according to his family.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 259117

Reported Deaths: 5668
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto17331186
Hinds16373328
Harrison13731199
Rankin10854217
Jackson10557187
Lee8922141
Madison8335166
Jones6483112
Forrest6038120
Lauderdale5965187
Lowndes5425118
Lafayette503193
Lamar490865
Washington4826124
Bolivar4024109
Oktibbeha397681
Panola374680
Pontotoc369855
Monroe3591105
Warren3569100
Union348063
Marshall347769
Neshoba3413152
Pearl River3329103
Leflore3059107
Lincoln299386
Sunflower288271
Hancock282559
Tate274362
Alcorn267454
Itawamba265260
Pike264679
Scott250847
Prentiss248252
Yazoo247356
Tippah244450
Copiah243949
Coahoma242254
Simpson238368
Leake232966
Grenada220671
Covington215072
Marion215073
Adams207870
Wayne203232
Winston202667
George201939
Newton195044
Attala194659
Tishomingo191661
Chickasaw185744
Jasper174438
Holmes169168
Clay161335
Tallahatchie148235
Stone145921
Clarke141762
Calhoun137621
Smith122725
Yalobusha119134
Walthall112836
Noxubee111423
Greene111029
Montgomery110136
Carroll105321
Lawrence103217
Perry102831
Amite98826
Webster93924
Tunica87421
Claiborne86625
Jefferson Davis85827
Benton83323
Humphreys83324
Kemper78420
Quitman6969
Franklin67115
Choctaw61213
Wilkinson58825
Jefferson55419
Sharkey44017
Issaquena1596
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 429655

Reported Deaths: 6283
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson63040956
Mobile30794557
Madison27486201
Tuscaloosa20996268
Montgomery19352315
Shelby18833120
Baldwin16653184
Lee12749102
Morgan12389119
Etowah11861176
Calhoun11292201
Marshall10290113
Houston8746156
Limestone813276
Cullman8125106
Elmore7999104
DeKalb776599
Lauderdale768698
St. Clair7651121
Talladega6309108
Walker5954174
Jackson586341
Colbert539873
Blount537683
Autauga525755
Coffee450456
Dale402981
Franklin369948
Russell340711
Chilton338966
Covington332668
Escambia326043
Dallas308896
Chambers293170
Clarke287833
Tallapoosa2641107
Pike255230
Marion248953
Lawrence246649
Winston229535
Bibb218847
Geneva205446
Marengo202829
Pickens197531
Hale179542
Barbour176036
Fayette172928
Butler170858
Cherokee161930
Henry156523
Monroe149818
Randolph142135
Washington139126
Clay127645
Crenshaw121544
Cleburne119023
Lamar119021
Macon118637
Lowndes112036
Wilcox105121
Bullock101128
Perry99019
Conecuh95720
Sumter89626
Greene76623
Coosa61015
Choctaw51624
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