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: 259117

Reported Deaths: 5668
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto17331186
Hinds16373328
Harrison13731199
Rankin10854217
Jackson10557187
Lee8922141
Madison8335166
Jones6483112
Forrest6038120
Lauderdale5965187
Lowndes5425118
Lafayette503193
Lamar490865
Washington4826124
Bolivar4024109
Oktibbeha397681
Panola374680
Pontotoc369855
Monroe3591105
Warren3569100
Union348063
Marshall347769
Neshoba3413152
Pearl River3329103
Leflore3059107
Lincoln299386
Sunflower288271
Hancock282559
Tate274362
Alcorn267454
Itawamba265260
Pike264679
Scott250847
Prentiss248252
Yazoo247356
Tippah244450
Copiah243949
Coahoma242254
Simpson238368
Leake232966
Grenada220671
Covington215072
Marion215073
Adams207870
Wayne203232
Winston202667
George201939
Newton195044
Attala194659
Tishomingo191661
Chickasaw185744
Jasper174438
Holmes169168
Clay161335
Tallahatchie148235
Stone145921
Clarke141762
Calhoun137621
Smith122725
Yalobusha119134
Walthall112836
Noxubee111423
Greene111029
Montgomery110136
Carroll105321
Lawrence103217
Perry102831
Amite98826
Webster93924
Tunica87421
Claiborne86625
Jefferson Davis85827
Benton83323
Humphreys83324
Kemper78420
Quitman6969
Franklin67115
Choctaw61213
Wilkinson58825
Jefferson55419
Sharkey44017
Issaquena1596
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 429655

Reported Deaths: 6283
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson63040956
Mobile30794557
Madison27486201
Tuscaloosa20996268
Montgomery19352315
Shelby18833120
Baldwin16653184
Lee12749102
Morgan12389119
Etowah11861176
Calhoun11292201
Marshall10290113
Houston8746156
Limestone813276
Cullman8125106
Elmore7999104
DeKalb776599
Lauderdale768698
St. Clair7651121
Talladega6309108
Walker5954174
Jackson586341
Colbert539873
Blount537683
Autauga525755
Coffee450456
Dale402981
Franklin369948
Russell340711
Chilton338966
Covington332668
Escambia326043
Dallas308896
Chambers293170
Clarke287833
Tallapoosa2641107
Pike255230
Marion248953
Lawrence246649
Winston229535
Bibb218847
Geneva205446
Marengo202829
Pickens197531
Hale179542
Barbour176036
Fayette172928
Butler170858
Cherokee161930
Henry156523
Monroe149818
Randolph142135
Washington139126
Clay127645
Crenshaw121544
Cleburne119023
Lamar119021
Macon118637
Lowndes112036
Wilcox105121
Bullock101128
Perry99019
Conecuh95720
Sumter89626
Greene76623
Coosa61015
Choctaw51624
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