Gov. Tate Reeves announced Monday during a news conference that 20,000 appointments for COVID-19 vaccines are available for next week, beginning Jan. 25.
Mississippi reached a milestone this past weekend with more than 100,000 vaccinated, including more than 9,000 who have received both of the two required shots for full immunization.
“We are giving out vaccines as soon as we get them,” Reeves said on social media; however, the demand is exceeding the supply at this time.
20,000 new COVID vaccine appointments were loaded today! Go to https://t.co/AxGnAgTUeZ or call 877-978-6453 to schedule an appointment. God bless!
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) January 18, 2021
To schedule an appointment at one of MSDH’s drive-thru sites, go to covidvaccine.umc.edu or call 877-978-6453. Reeves said both the website and call center have been fortified to handle more appointments faster. You can also schedule an appointment at many hospitals and private clinics that have received COVID-19 vaccines. That list is available on the MSDH website.
Those eligible to receive a vaccine include:
- People 65 years of age and older
- People with preexisting or underlying medical conditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus
- Health care workers
- First responders
Individuals in long-term care facilities are being vaccinated through a federal program, not the state of Mississippi. Some of the doses allocated to the federal program are being repurposed to Mississippi’s general population because of an apparent over-allocation to the program, Reeves said.