TUPELO, Miss (WTVA) -- People in Tupelo now must go to a new location to get their Moderna coronavirus vaccination. Instead of doing getting vaccinations at the Lee County Health Department, people must now go to the Mall at Barnes Crossing. The site is in the Sear’s building parking lot right beside Hobby Lobby.
“It’s going on, we’re getting closer.”
A long, long line wrapped around the side of the mall on Monday, but that wasn’t going to discourage Jerry Palmer from getting his coronavirus vaccine. He said one reason for the line was a delay that morning.
“[I] had an appointment at 2:40, but I got emails and texts from the health department saying that it would be late,” Palmer said.
He explained the unexpected delay affected everyone who had appointments on Monday. The reason for it was one Mississippi doesn’t see too often: snow.
One lady waiting on Monday told WTVA they were supposed to start vaccinating at 8:00 A.M. on Monday, but the weather delayed the National Guard medics from giving the vaccinations until at least 11:00 A.M. Palmer added the Health Department gave them one guarantee.
“If you had your appointment, you would get a shot today.”
Lieutenant Jonathan Chaney and his team are working the vaccination site. He said they expected a big day.
“We anticipate on vaccinating around 400 people today at this site,” Chaney said.
Just a short time later, he said it looks like they’ll vaccinate many more than that.
One of the National Guardsmen said that earlier in the day, several people were confused about where to go for the vaccination since it moved to the mall parking lot. He said they apparently found out all around the same time, because the line was wrapped around the building, all the way back to JC Penney.
Ultimately the reason for the move to the new location was simply space. By moving to the mall parking lot, the National Guard could serve many more people at once.
“We anticipate it to get smoother and easier every day,” Chaney said.
An EMA worker told WTVA the site will be doing vaccinations Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 at night.