Some Mississippi care facilities already receiving coronavirus vaccine

Some Mississippi care facilities already receiving coronavirus vaccine

RIDGELAND, Miss. (WLBT) - The State Health Department says they are still in the first phase of distributing COVID vaccinations around the state.

Frontline healthcare workers and long-term care facilities are in the process of receiving the shots right now. Walgreens and CVS have partnered with the state to deliver and administer the shots at the care facilities.

Some we contacted say they are still waiting to set up clinical dates but expect to hear from the pharmacies in the coming days.

As vaccine supplies increase, vaccination will be expanded to vulnerable adults and workforce members most essential to basic community functions such as law enforcement, first responders, food supply and education.
As vaccine supplies increase, vaccination will be expanded to vulnerable adults and workforce members most essential to basic community functions such as law enforcement, first responders, food supply and education. (Source: MSDH)

At the Ridgeland Place Senior Living Home, administrators tell us once they give residents the shots they can open their buildings for visitors for the first time in months.

Executive Director Windy Wells said, “Our facility has been COVID-free since the beginning of this and so we want to continue that so we want this vaccine as soon as possible. Our residents are very excited. They have been waiting and they’re continuously asking when is that day going to be.”

State health officials say they will start ‘Phase 1b.1′ of COVID shots in mid-January. First responders, teachers and those over the age of 75 would get priority then.

Shots for the general public could be available near the first of next month.

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