Mississippi officials said the state had exhausted coronavirus vaccines after vaccination appointments had made their full delivery.
Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) said in a statement Wednesday that the plan for the distribution of vaccines has “significantly changed in the last few days – especially in the last 24 hours.”
“Neither the district health department’s bypass sites nor the UMMC vaccine planning website were designed to meet the monumental tide we are currently experiencing,” the department said. “We do not currently have an additional vaccine and each meeting is linked to an actual vaccination.”
The department said it hopes to revive a large number of doses by mid-February, adding that it will inform residents about additional doses.
“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, “MSDH writes.
“Meanwhile, all Mississippi residents, whether vaccinated or not, must continue to follow the protection guidelines. Especially avoid any social gatherings. And always wear a mask, “she added.
The shortage comes a day after Gov. Tate Reeves (R) expanded vaccinations for people 65 and older, as well as those with pre-existing conditions.
The Biloxi Sun Herald reports that Reeves has vowed to open vaccines for first responders and teachers next week. The governor wanted to get “shots in the hands” of as many people as possible and quickly.
The newspaper notes that the MSDH hotline and website, as well as several hospitals, have exhausted their meetings on Wednesday.
Mississippi is not the only state extending the eligibility for a vaccine against COVID-19 in an attempt to make vaccinations on the fly quickly.
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