Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves received the first of two shots Wednesday for his COVID-19 vaccination.
“Now is the time,” Reeves said, on the recommendation of State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs. The governor was getting vaccinated, in part, to show his confidence in the vaccines’ safety and effectiveness.
“We’ve heard, ‘If the governor won’t take it, I’m not going to take it,'” he added before getting the shot.
“I’ve been trying to get him vaccinated ever since we’ve had it,” Dobbs said.
The governor said he wasn’t just getting vaccinated for himself, but for his family as well, including his mother, father and grandmother who are all now eligible to be vaccinated.
“Please, when it’s your turn, go ahead and take the shot,” Reeves said.