Dr. Dobbs plans to be one of first to receive COVID vaccine to encourage others to get vaccinated

Dr. Dobbs plans to be one of first to receive COVID vaccine to encourage others to get vaccinated

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Vaccines for the COVID-19 virus are expected to be rolled out early next week in Mississippi.

State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs made that announcement during a virtual press conference Tuesday afternoon.

He says he plans to be one of the first to be vaccinated live during a press conference.

He’s doing so to encourage others to get vaccinated.

The first initial doses administered in our state will be the Pfizer vaccine.

The state will initially get about 25,000 doses.

They will be distributed to hospitals and long term care facilities around the state.

It could be sometime before the vaccine is available for anyone in the general public.

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said, “It is very fluid but in that second week one of our big goals is to begin the allocation process to make sure that we get healthcare workers and residents in long-term care facilities first the nursing homes to get them vaccinated.”

Dr. Dobbs said he was concerned about rising COVID cases in the state.

He says numbers now could surpass the peak of infections and deaths that we saw during the summer months.

He says the best way to prevent transmission is to wear a mask and avoid social gatherings, and limit close contact to your immediate family.

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