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Vaccination location moved in Tupelo

A coronavirus vaccination site in Tupelo is now in a new location to allow more for space.

Posted: Jan 11, 2021 7:52 PM

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.”

People pulling up to get their coronavirus vaccine in the mall parking lot. Photo taken 01-11-20.

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.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 497790

Reported Deaths: 9917
CountyCasesDeaths
Harrison34102530
DeSoto31839398
Hinds31837622
Jackson24314377
Rankin21881388
Lee15427234
Madison14525279
Jones13772241
Forrest13412250
Lauderdale11937314
Lowndes10934185
Lamar10470135
Pearl River9431237
Lafayette8454138
Hancock7697126
Washington7365156
Oktibbeha7111129
Monroe6727174
Warren6642176
Pontotoc6609101
Neshoba6606205
Panola6460131
Marshall6386132
Bolivar6266145
Union596094
Pike5784152
Alcorn5633101
Lincoln5417134
George491879
Scott470998
Tippah465381
Prentiss464181
Leflore4627143
Itawamba4596104
Adams4570119
Tate4546109
Copiah445191
Simpson4421116
Wayne438572
Yazoo438586
Covington427394
Marion4216107
Sunflower4215104
Coahoma4115104
Leake407787
Newton380879
Grenada3692108
Stone358464
Tishomingo356391
Attala330289
Jasper328265
Winston313191
Clay306375
Chickasaw296767
Clarke290694
Calhoun277945
Holmes266987
Smith262550
Yalobusha232647
Tallahatchie225251
Walthall217763
Greene215548
Lawrence211140
Perry204755
Amite203954
Webster201645
Noxubee185340
Montgomery179056
Jefferson Davis170642
Carroll167438
Tunica158639
Benton147438
Kemper141241
Choctaw133026
Claiborne131237
Humphreys129038
Franklin119128
Quitman106227
Wilkinson104539
Jefferson94234
Sharkey64020
Issaquena1937
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 813481

Reported Deaths: 15179
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson1139971910
Mobile722271323
Madison51970686
Shelby37279341
Baldwin37069540
Tuscaloosa34934599
Montgomery33953725
Lee23142240
Calhoun22142470
Morgan20639372
Etowah19758496
Marshall18245300
Houston17302405
St. Clair15912337
Cullman15306290
Limestone15202198
Elmore15075284
Lauderdale14143294
Talladega13715272
DeKalb12569259
Walker11085366
Blount10094174
Autauga9893146
Jackson9789180
Coffee9182189
Dale8859181
Colbert8789200
Tallapoosa7044195
Escambia6732127
Covington6682179
Chilton6587160
Russell625958
Franklin5930105
Chambers5559142
Marion4955126
Dallas4882199
Clarke472782
Pike4719105
Geneva4564126
Winston4473101
Lawrence4264117
Bibb421686
Barbour355475
Marengo334089
Monroe330262
Randolph327063
Butler324794
Pickens313882
Henry310965
Hale309187
Cherokee299957
Fayette290679
Washington250951
Cleburne246958
Crenshaw243575
Clay240367
Macon230562
Lamar215846
Conecuh185652
Coosa178538
Lowndes173761
Wilcox167438
Bullock151744
Perry138040
Sumter131038
Greene125544
Choctaw86927
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A cold front passing through our area overnight will bring into our area some of the coolest temperatures of the season so far. We will see most of the highs this weekend only in the upper 60s to lower 70s. While overnight lows will drop off down into the 40s Saturday night.
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