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WINONA, Miss. (WTVA) - The wait is almost over for Montgomery County residents to finally get their coronavirus vaccine right in their own county.
After months of trying to get access to the coronavirus vaccine, the mayor of Winona Jerry Flowers found a way to get the vaccine to Montgomery County residents.
“I sent a letter to the governor’s office. I talked with Congressman Bennie Thompson’s office for their assistance in this," said Flowers. "It’s been a collaborative effort.”
Before that letter, residents like John Davis drove 30 minutes one way to get the vaccine with the nearest sites in Greenwood or Grenada.
“I think it was kind of tough on the people trying to you know get online to get them and have transportation to go to these other cities and counties,” Davis said.
Keith Rushing, a local physician, said nearly 30% of the people in Montgomery County received the vaccine but he feels guilty that they could not come to him for the shot.
“It was kind of sad to see a lot of folks say, ‘I want the vaccine. Can y’all give it? Do y’all give it locally?’ and we didn’t have access to it,” explained Rushing.
Luckily, this drive-through site will allow volunteers to administer 200 vaccines every Tuesday for 8 weeks.
The vaccinations will start on May 11th.
“I feel strong we’ll have a pretty good turnout," said Davis. "I’m excited about it.”
Mayor Flowers said they will have transportation services available for people to get to the Coliseum.