Most of Mississippi's 65 and older population is vaccinated

The CDC halted the distribution of Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccines after health officials said they could be the cause of potential blood clots. The vaccines have resumed.

The Department of Health on Wednesday released preliminary findings of a statewide vaccine confidence survey conducted from the start of the year through March 1.

Posted: Apr 28, 2021 8:01 PM
Updated: Apr 29, 2021 8:59 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Almost two-thirds of Mississippi residents 65 and older have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine, state health officials said Wednesday. Still, overall numbers of inoculations are lagging in recent weeks — a reflection of a lack of buy-in on the vaccine from young people.

“We knew that we were going to have trouble getting younger folks immunized,” said State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, who described the effort as a “continued uphill climb.”

More than 132,000 people in Mississippi were vaccinated the week of Feb. 27, according to the state Department of Health. Since then, numbers of vaccinations have dropped each week. Last week, around 74,400 were vaccinated in the state.

Nearly 770,000 Mississippi residents are fully vaccinated, over one-third of whom are over 65, according to the department. Fewer than 200,000 are under the age of 40.

Dobbs said as older residents most vulnerable to the virus are getting vaccinated, the numbers of coronavirus deaths are also falling. The drop gives the illusion that the risk is gone, which makes some people less eager to want the vaccine.

“The urgency is not there,” Dobbs said.

The top health official warned against relaxing coronavirus safety precautions. In the past, when people lessened precautions, cases went back up, he said. He urged people of all ages to get the coronavirus vaccine and continue to wear masks and socially distance.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said the state is seeing minimal increases in the number of coronavirus cases. The state's latest seven-day average was about 240 cases a day, an increase from a daily average in the low hundreds earlier this month.

“We’ll have to continue to watch this minimal increase to see if we do see some ongoing sustained increases or not," he said.

The Department of Health on Wednesday released preliminary findings of a statewide vaccine confidence survey conducted from the start of the year through March 1.

The survey was translated in English, Spanish and Vietnamese and taken by more than 11,000 residents. It indicated that 73% of Mississippians intended to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 512632

Reported Deaths: 10262
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34853555
DeSoto33162432
Hinds32556641
Jackson24830389
Rankin22442402
Lee16238242
Madison14874283
Jones14086247
Forrest13741259
Lauderdale12249324
Lowndes11286193
Lamar10644140
Pearl River9707244
Lafayette8827143
Hancock7835132
Washington7550169
Oktibbeha7204138
Monroe6989179
Pontotoc6970109
Warren6849178
Panola6746134
Neshoba6726210
Marshall6653141
Bolivar6440151
Union633897
Pike5924156
Alcorn5862107
Lincoln5525136
George510180
Prentiss500884
Tippah490282
Itawamba4829107
Scott477499
Adams4766125
Tate4748116
Leflore4723144
Copiah455895
Yazoo455591
Simpson4543117
Wayne442772
Covington432895
Sunflower4299106
Marion4265112
Coahoma4227109
Leake413790
Newton395581
Tishomingo381793
Grenada3775109
Stone365666
Jasper340166
Attala337790
Winston317792
Chickasaw313367
Clay311878
Clarke301195
Calhoun284449
Holmes271289
Smith268952
Yalobusha243747
Tallahatchie231453
Greene224749
Walthall221366
Lawrence217840
Perry213356
Amite209557
Webster205148
Noxubee188642
Montgomery181557
Carroll174441
Jefferson Davis173643
Tunica163239
Benton152639
Kemper144941
Choctaw136527
Claiborne134238
Humphreys131139
Franklin124929
Quitman107528
Wilkinson105939
Jefferson96834
Sharkey65121
Issaquena1957
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 844594

Reported Deaths: 16115
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1160612006
Mobile741651379
Madison53255732
Shelby38313368
Baldwin38061589
Tuscaloosa35996641
Montgomery34473781
Lee25541263
Calhoun22582518
Morgan22441406
Etowah20009517
Marshall18771316
Houston17723425
St. Clair16863358
Limestone16123218
Cullman16032303
Elmore15902294
Lauderdale14945306
Talladega14186299
DeKalb12957269
Walker12011380
Blount10700192
Autauga10512157
Jackson10151194
Coffee9412192
Colbert9325208
Dale9013191
Tallapoosa7248201
Russell707465
Chilton7015170
Escambia6951143
Covington6926195
Franklin6337108
Chambers5778142
Marion5400130
Dallas5283209
Pike5114109
Clarke484986
Lawrence4826129
Winston4777110
Geneva4640136
Bibb434094
Barbour369180
Butler3433100
Marengo342393
Monroe336666
Randolph334067
Pickens333188
Fayette329885
Henry320566
Hale317989
Cherokee316963
Crenshaw260477
Washington256952
Cleburne254360
Lamar251253
Clay250869
Macon244764
Conecuh192762
Coosa184647
Lowndes178168
Wilcox177438
Bullock152545
Perry141840
Sumter139041
Greene130245
Choctaw93228
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