In an emergency news release, the Mississippi Department of Health admitted Wednesday afternoon that it did not offer vaccines against COVID-19 and could not book appointments.
“We now believe that our production is predictable enough.”
The announcement comes a day after Gov. Tate Reeves announced he was opening vaccines to a wider population – all those aged 65 and over or with pre-existing conditions. The governor said he wanted to get “shots in his arms” as soon as possible from Mississippi, promising to open vaccines for first responders and teachers next week.
MSDH states that vaccination of the wider population, and even those aged 75 and over who have been in the queue for the time being, will not be possible at this time. The statement reflected Wednesday’s unavailability through the MSDH hotline and website and from three coastal hospitals.
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The message reads:
“The Mississippi State Department of Health hopes to receive a large consignment of vaccine in mid-February, which should help deliver additional shots into people’s hands. We understand the frustration caused by this sudden change of plans. We will certainly update all Mississippi countries on the supplementary vaccine.
“Mississippians need to understand that we can only vaccinate residents based on the availability of a vaccine. We will open additional vaccination meetings as we receive more vaccines.
“Again, the schedule has been incredibly changed to make it impossible to vaccinate anyone who qualifies.
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“Meanwhile, all Mississippi – whether vaccinated or not – must continue to follow protective guidelines. Especially avoid any social gatherings. And always wear a mask. “