JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) - Vaccine doses shipped to Mississippi are for eligible groups that live or work in the state.
More Mississippians have received doses in adjacent states than out-of-state residents have received doses in Mississippi, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs stated Thursday morning.
COVID vaccines shipped to MS are intended for eligible groups that:
-Live in MS
-Work in MS
BUT - please know that thus far, more Mississippians have received vaccine in adjacent states than out-of-state residents have received vaccine in MShttps://t.co/oUbNHMwCnB
— thomas dobbs (@TCBPubHealth) February 11, 2021
In a letter on Wednesday to colleagues, State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said Mississippi has made great progress in vaccinating vulnerable populations during the past several weeks.
Currently, the state health department is prioritizing individuals with the highest risk of severe illness or death.
- Health care workers;
- Those 65 years of age or older; and
- Those with qualifying medical conditions (view qualifying health conditions)
Byers urges medical officials to refer non-residents, who are not eligible through employment, to their state of residence for vaccination opportunities.