More than 100,000 have had 1st vaccine dose in Mississippi

Gov. Tate Reeves says more than 100,000 people in Mississippi have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

Posted: Jan 18, 2021 4:00 PM

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — More than 100,000 people in Mississippi have received their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and officials are taking further steps to administer the state's supply of shots more efficiently, Gov. Tate Reeves said Monday.

“There is no higher priority and we’re acting accordingly,” Reeves told a news conference. “We’re not where we need to be and we’ve got a long way to go. With 100,000 Mississippians vaccinated, we’ve got hundreds of thousands more to do in the coming weeks and months.”

Visit covidvaccine.umc.edu or call 877-978-6453 to schedule an appointment.

Inoculation rates in Mississippi have lagged far behind most of the U.S., according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But Reeves insisted Monday that health officials are making changes to speed things along.

The state's website for making vaccine appointments has been upgraded to handle increased traffic, and more people are answering calls from those booking by phone, he said.

Meanwhile, state officials are working to free up more shots for the general population aged 65 and older by getting several thousand doses from nursing homes that received more than they need, Reeves said. If individual providers don't use at least 65% of their weekly dose allocation, their share of the following week's supply will go to others in the state.

Reeves said he's willing to reallocate vaccine supplies “as long as shots get in arms of Mississippians who want it and who need it.”

The pharmacy chains tasked with vaccinating nursing home residents and employees say they're on track to finish by the end of January, the governor said. After that he wants to expand eligibility to first responders and teachers.

Meanwhile, more people will need appointments to receive their second of two vaccine doses. The State Department of Public Health reported Monday that more than 9,700 people in Mississippi have already received both shots.

The number who have received just their first dose as of Monday had topped 105,000.

State health officials reported Monday that Mississippi had 1,457 new confirmed cases of the virus as of Sunday evening. The department reported just three deaths over the weekend. The state has reported nearly 254,000 cases of the virus and 5,524 related deaths since the pandemic began.

Dr. Paul Byers of the Mississippi State Department of Health said there's hope new infections may be starting to decline after a surge over the holidays. But he urged people to continue wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings and maintaining distance from others.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 308111

Reported Deaths: 7122
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto20826248
Hinds19910411
Harrison17510302
Rankin13334276
Jackson13118243
Madison9908210
Lee9871170
Jones8297160
Forrest7525147
Lauderdale7198237
Lowndes6272144
Lamar611084
Lafayette6039117
Washington5281133
Bolivar4772129
Oktibbeha455897
Panola4445103
Pearl River4428141
Warren4284118
Marshall4276100
Pontotoc416972
Monroe4061132
Union403975
Neshoba3994176
Lincoln3871109
Hancock372885
Leflore3468124
Sunflower329589
Tate322782
Pike3188104
Scott310872
Yazoo304468
Alcorn298065
Itawamba297177
Copiah293265
Coahoma289778
Simpson288284
Tippah284868
Prentiss275759
Marion266079
Leake261373
Wayne261341
Grenada255384
Covington254780
Adams246082
Newton245161
George238147
Winston225981
Tishomingo222267
Jasper219748
Attala213473
Chickasaw205057
Holmes186872
Clay182854
Stone179331
Clarke177076
Tallahatchie175540
Calhoun163531
Yalobusha159236
Smith158834
Walthall130643
Greene129433
Lawrence126423
Noxubee126233
Montgomery125542
Perry125138
Carroll120926
Amite120141
Webster113532
Jefferson Davis105432
Tunica102725
Claiborne101330
Benton97325
Kemper95428
Humphreys94332
Franklin82123
Quitman78916
Choctaw73417
Wilkinson64928
Jefferson64828
Sharkey49617
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 520503

Reported Deaths: 10722
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson754091487
Mobile38938798
Madison33898495
Tuscaloosa25297443
Montgomery23992567
Shelby23124239
Baldwin20652300
Lee15541165
Calhoun14301311
Morgan14145270
Etowah13665346
Marshall11967219
Houston10381278
Elmore10001200
Limestone9822147
Cullman9481188
St. Clair9435234
Lauderdale9223227
DeKalb8748181
Talladega8071171
Walker7100275
Jackson6762110
Autauga6734103
Blount6497135
Colbert6210130
Coffee5404112
Dale4766110
Russell429038
Franklin419982
Chilton4087109
Covington4056114
Tallapoosa3898146
Escambia388574
Dallas3531149
Chambers3503122
Clarke346560
Marion3066100
Pike305876
Lawrence295395
Winston272572
Bibb256459
Marengo248661
Geneva245875
Pickens233059
Barbour225255
Hale218775
Butler212566
Fayette209260
Henry187744
Cherokee182144
Randolph176941
Monroe172040
Washington164238
Macon154848
Clay149555
Crenshaw149257
Cleburne146241
Lamar139334
Lowndes136553
Wilcox124327
Bullock121340
Conecuh109128
Perry107926
Sumter102932
Coosa99328
Greene91034
Choctaw58724
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