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NMHS president and lead doctor received coronavirus vaccine

The two leaders of the hospital system each received their first doses of the vaccine on Tuesday.

Posted: Jan 5, 2021 8:20 PM
Updated: Jan 5, 2021 8:20 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- Two of the North Mississippi Medical Center’s top administrators got their vaccinations on Tuesday.

Chief Executive Officer Shane Spees and Chief Executive Medical Officer Dr. Jeremy Blanchard each received the first shot of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine.

Spees receives shot 1 of 2 of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine on Tuesday. 01-05-21.

“I feel excited,” Spees said.

“Personally, receiving the vaccine, I think is a touch of hope in my life,” Blanchard said.

Blanchard said he’s honored to receive it after the frontline caregivers received it.

“Because as a leader it’s essential to recognize those who are really giving their love, life, and effort to care for our community,” Blanchard said.

“It’s the one tool that can get us back to normal, or what I see it as, freedom to go and live our lives as we lived it before COVID,” Spees said.

They added the shot was nearly painless, over in a matter of seconds.

Looking forward, Blanchard and Spees said they are hopeful people will grow to trust the coronavirus vaccine. Spees said he is hopeful life can continue as it was before the pandemic soon.

“I’m hopeful that we’ll have a lot of people take it very quickly as soon as it’s offered,” Spees said.

Blanchard said there will still be challenges to come in the future, but one major thing he has right now... is hope.

“I’m hopeful that the vaccine will help us face those in a way that really brings out the genuine Mississippian community of caring for each other and being together again,” Blanchard said.

Spees said we don’t know yet how long the vaccine will last, but actually having a tool now to combat this virus and save lives is a major step toward ending this pandemic.

Spees added he and Blanchard are supposed to come back in 21 days for the second and final shot of the Pfizer vaccine.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 294994

Reported Deaths: 6681
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto19672230
Hinds18799386
Harrison16710278
Rankin12685264
Jackson12592226
Lee9687160
Madison9457199
Jones7962146
Forrest7208136
Lauderdale6833226
Lowndes6022137
Lamar588080
Lafayette5733113
Washington5218130
Bolivar4609123
Oktibbeha441393
Panola430394
Pearl River4167130
Warren4129114
Pontotoc408869
Marshall403192
Monroe3989126
Union395374
Neshoba3807168
Lincoln3541102
Hancock347374
Leflore3375118
Sunflower318386
Tate302474
Pike300195
Scott293870
Alcorn291861
Itawamba289975
Yazoo289262
Tippah278765
Copiah277857
Coahoma277568
Simpson274878
Prentiss269758
Wayne253841
Marion252678
Leake252471
Covington248879
Grenada247377
Adams234377
George231745
Newton229652
Winston221675
Jasper213445
Tishomingo212365
Attala206569
Chickasaw201151
Holmes182270
Clay179150
Stone172429
Tallahatchie170539
Clarke169371
Calhoun157828
Smith152731
Yalobusha144836
Greene127633
Walthall124140
Noxubee122829
Montgomery122438
Perry121634
Lawrence120321
Carroll118225
Amite111533
Webster110630
Jefferson Davis101731
Tunica99023
Claiborne98429
Benton93324
Humphreys92827
Kemper90223
Quitman77114
Franklin76119
Choctaw69516
Jefferson62527
Wilkinson62426
Sharkey48817
Issaquena1676
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 493769

Reported Deaths: 9931
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson710731374
Mobile36139727
Madison32425455
Tuscaloosa24184410
Montgomery22586500
Shelby21968215
Baldwin19758283
Lee14967153
Morgan13667251
Calhoun13300286
Etowah13184319
Marshall11262209
Houston10104261
Elmore9385185
Limestone9363134
Cullman8897181
St. Clair8827223
Lauderdale8607211
DeKalb8459175
Talladega7523163
Walker6524255
Jackson6495102
Autauga627091
Blount6102127
Colbert6004118
Coffee5249102
Dale4642107
Russell404930
Franklin399177
Covington3960106
Chilton3876100
Escambia377672
Tallapoosa3588142
Clarke343650
Chambers3413110
Dallas3403141
Pike293472
Lawrence283484
Marion281995
Winston246867
Bibb245060
Geneva239970
Marengo236455
Pickens224654
Barbour211651
Hale210568
Fayette200756
Butler196866
Henry182441
Cherokee177038
Monroe166139
Randolph163740
Washington156535
Crenshaw144854
Clay144454
Macon142043
Cleburne137839
Lamar132833
Lowndes131151
Wilcox121825
Bullock116936
Conecuh106724
Perry105627
Sumter98531
Coosa88923
Greene88232
Choctaw55123
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