JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said the state has surpassed a quarter of a million vaccines and is working to get more doses.
He called the news a major milestone during a public briefing on Tuesday.
Despite logistical challenges, the governor said Mississippi will supply 30,000 to 49,000 doses of the vaccine this week, with 60,000 more to come in the weeks ahead.
"As you know, the state-run sites have an even more logistical challenge this week when compared to last week and the week before that,” he said. “Because now, we're not only providing first doses at our vaccination sites, we're now also providing second doses."
This week there have already been approximately 30,000 first-dose appointments and approximately 19,000 second-dose appointments. This could cause some logistical problems at some sites, he said.
He has been in contact with President Joe Biden's administration about efforts to get more doses into the state.
"The primary take away from that particular call is what we've been saying in Mississippi for quite some time, and that is we really need the administration to focus on the supply issues, focus on manufacturing of the vaccine much more so than distribution."
Reeves said he believes the administration will likely increase vaccine supply a little bit next week by partnering in an additional federal pharmacy program aimed at fighting racial disparities in getting the vaccine.
Because Mississippi is a very rural state, the governor said this could make it hard to place additional vaccines in some areas.
Mississippi COVID-19 vaccination report (updated daily by MSDH). Report listed beneath "Statewide COVID-19 Data and Reports."