Pharmacies in Mississippi prepare to administer COVID vaccines

Zip Scripts is one of the numerous pharmacies eagerly waiting to receive coronavirus vaccines to administer to its patients.

Posted: Feb 4, 2021 10:07 AM
Updated: Feb 4, 2021 10:44 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - President Joe Biden announced the federal government will distribute the coronavirus vaccine to pharmacies across the country.

Pharmacies throughout northeast Mississippi are itching to get their hands on it, including Zip Scripts in Tupelo.

Candace Sanders is the pharmacy manager at Zip Scripts.

She said when pharmacies became an option for administering the vaccine, she immediately began preparing.

“I knew as soon as that came up you know I jumped on that -- like Johnson and Johnson’s about to get out, let’s go get the thing.”

Sanders administered vaccines to patients for over 12 years.

She said she's never been as excited to administer vaccines until now. 

“I see this as a community service rather than necessarily driving business or anything like that because I do want my patients to be healthy," said Sanders. "I care about them."

The process of receiving the vaccine is difficult and takes many steps, but once Zip Scripts does get doses, Sanders plans to make the process a drive through to keep things moving quickly.

Cameron Montgomery, a Tupelo native, is one of those still waiting to get his vaccine.

He said his sister works in the medical field, so he believes it's important for everyone in his family to support her by getting the vaccine.

He also mentioned that he hopes by allowing pharmacies to administer doses to the community, it will give more people a chance to receive the vaccine and hopefully slow the spread of the virus.

“I hope they make it available to where everybody can get it and not just a handful of people,” said Montgomery.

Sanders said Zip Scripts plans to get the Johnson and Johnson vaccine once it becomes available for use.

She said when it does, people will make an appointment to ensure they have enough vaccines for those seeking the shot.

“We just want to make sure that you’re healthy," explained Sanders. "We just want to make sure that you don’t get severely ill if we can prevent it.”

The Mississippi Insurance Department sent out notices to insurance companies last week to make sure they cover 100% of the cost of getting a coronavirus vaccine.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 307332

Reported Deaths: 7095
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto20757248
Hinds19869408
Harrison17475302
Rankin13307275
Jackson13095243
Madison9886210
Lee9854169
Jones8289160
Forrest7522146
Lauderdale7185237
Lowndes6261144
Lamar610284
Lafayette6026117
Washington5279132
Bolivar4769129
Oktibbeha455297
Panola4440103
Pearl River4418139
Warren4277118
Marshall4267100
Pontotoc416472
Monroe4056132
Union403575
Neshoba3984176
Lincoln3869107
Hancock371985
Leflore3468124
Sunflower329389
Tate322681
Pike3177104
Scott310472
Yazoo304268
Alcorn297664
Itawamba296776
Copiah292965
Coahoma289677
Simpson287484
Tippah284668
Prentiss275659
Marion265679
Wayne261341
Leake260973
Grenada254882
Covington254380
Adams245882
Newton244859
George237647
Winston225981
Tishomingo222067
Jasper219748
Attala213273
Chickasaw204857
Holmes186471
Clay182354
Stone179131
Clarke176676
Tallahatchie175240
Calhoun163130
Yalobusha158636
Smith158534
Walthall130543
Greene129433
Lawrence126223
Noxubee125833
Montgomery125542
Perry125138
Carroll120826
Amite119941
Webster113432
Jefferson Davis105332
Tunica102525
Claiborne101330
Benton97225
Kemper95126
Humphreys94332
Franklin81723
Quitman78916
Choctaw72817
Jefferson64828
Wilkinson64727
Sharkey49617
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 518588

Reported Deaths: 10712
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson753351487
Mobile37698798
Madison33829494
Tuscaloosa25245443
Montgomery23942565
Shelby23094238
Baldwin20617300
Lee15510165
Calhoun14277311
Morgan14137268
Etowah13660345
Marshall11952219
Houston10379278
Elmore9988200
Limestone9806147
Cullman9467188
St. Clair9422234
Lauderdale9208227
DeKalb8745181
Talladega8042171
Walker7087275
Jackson6753110
Autauga6715103
Blount6480135
Colbert6200130
Coffee5397112
Dale4766110
Russell428238
Franklin419882
Chilton4080109
Covington4053114
Tallapoosa3892146
Escambia387574
Dallas3526149
Chambers3499122
Clarke346360
Marion3065100
Pike305475
Lawrence295295
Winston272272
Bibb256258
Marengo248561
Geneva245875
Pickens232959
Barbour224755
Hale218675
Butler212266
Fayette208960
Henry187844
Cherokee182044
Randolph176741
Monroe171240
Washington163838
Macon154348
Clay149354
Crenshaw149257
Cleburne146041
Lamar139234
Lowndes136453
Wilcox124327
Bullock121340
Conecuh109028
Perry107926
Sumter102932
Coosa99228
Greene90734
Choctaw58624
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