All Mississippians age 16+ can now get COVID-19 vaccinations

Private providers and pharmacies are also offering the vaccine. Call for availability.

All Mississippians age 16+ can now get COVID-19 vaccinations
There are three avenues for getting a COVID-19 vaccination: 1) Sign up through the State Health Department, 2) Schedule an appointment through a hospital, clinic, or medical office, or 3) Schedule an appointment at a pharmacy. (Source: SCOTT EISEN)

Daily data from the Mississippi State Health Department breaks down the number of people who have been vaccinated in each county. Here is a look at how vaccination efforts are progressing across Mississippi.

Read the state of Mississippi’s latest vaccination report here: https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/resources/12130.pdf

Who is eligible for a vaccination in Mississippi?

All Mississippians age 16 and up are now eligible to get the vaccine. Only the Pfizer vaccine has been approved for 16 and 17-year-olds, and those shots must be scheduled by a parent or guardian through a medical provider or pharmacy offering the Pfizer vaccine. Only people 18 and older can schedule vaccinations through the state-operated, drive-thru sites.

Vaccinations are provided to Mississippi residents or to out-of-state residents who work in Mississippi.

Where can I find a vaccine?

There are three avenues for getting a COVID-19 vaccination: 1) Sign up through the State Health Department, 2) Schedule an appointment through a hospital, clinic, or medical office, or 3) Schedule an appointment at a pharmacy.

MSDH First dose appointments: Check the MSDH online vaccination scheduler or call the MSDH COVID-19 Hotline at 877-978-6453 for first-dose appointments. Vaccine supplies have improved, and more appointments are available every day. Be sure to check in the first part of the week, when a large group of new appointments usually becomes available.

MSDH Second dose appointments: Second-dose appointment information will be in your first dose confirmation e-mail. Remember that your second dose appointment should be made 3-5 weeks (for Pfizer vaccine) or 4-6 weeks (Moderna) from your first vaccination.


Private Providers offering the COVID-19 vaccination in South Mississippi

Click here for a list of local pharmacies offering the COVID-19 vaccine. (Note: The list of pharmacies offering the vaccine is expanding every day, and not all will be listed online. If there’s a specific local business you’re comfortable with and want to support, we encourage you to give them a call to see if they’re offering the vaccine you’re interested in receiving.)

Singing River Health System is scheduling vaccination appointments as they receive supplies. You may call the SRHS Vaccine Hotline at 228-809-5555 to check availability. More info: https://singingriverhealthsystem.com/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccine-information/

Memorial Hospital is scheduling vaccination appointments as they receive supplies. Call the Memorial COVID-19 Hotline at 228-867-5000 to check availability. More info: https://www.gulfportmemorial.com/

Coastal Family Health announced Feb. 8th that the center’s COVID-19 vaccine waiting list has exceeded its vaccine supply. Because of that, Coastal Family Health will no longer add names to its waiting list until their current inventory of the COVID-19 vaccine is depleted. Coastal operators are currently scheduling vaccine appointments for callers and patients already on the list as quantities arrive. If you need to schedule a COVID19 test, call 888-363-8701 to make an appointment.

  • The Vancleave Clinic – 10828 Hwy 57, Vancleave
  • The Leakesville Clinic - 1616 Williams Drive, Leakesville
  • The Pass Christian Clinic – 257 Davis Avenue, Pass Christian
  • The mobile unit - Salvation Army Kroc Center, 575 Division Street, Biloxi
  • East North Gulfport Park - Florida Street, Gulfport

George County Hospital in Lucedale - lease visit https://georgeregional.com/schedule-a-covid-vaccine/ to schedule an appointment or call 601-947-3161.

Ocshner Medical Center in Bay St. Louis is offering vaccinations by appointment only. Appointments can be made online at MyOchsner or by calling 1-844-888-2772.

Gulf Coast Veterans Healthcare System hospital in Biloxi is administering vaccines to high-risk veterans as long as supplies are available. Veterans interested in receiving the vaccine are encouraged to complete the Keep Me Informed Form. This tool is designed to capture veterans’ interest in receiving the vaccine and keeping veterans informed of the VA’s vaccination process. This information can also help their care team prepare for eligible individual’s vaccinations, if they desire to have one. Veterans will then be contacted by a scheduling team.

Forrest Health regional hospitals will no longer be accepting new appointments for patients who are requesting their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at this time. This includes:

  • Highland Community Hospital, Picayune
  • Pearl River County Hospital, Poplarville
  • Walthall General Hospital, Tylertown
  • Marion General Hospital, Columbia
  • Jefferson Davis Community Hospital, Prentiss

Patients who have previously tested positive for COVID-19 are able to receive the vaccine one their isolation period is over and symptoms have significantly improved. Pregnant women, lactating women and those who are immunocompromised may take the vaccine; however, consultation with your healthcare provider is recommended.

People who have had severe reactions from previous vaccines or injectable medications should not take the vaccine.

Like with most vaccines, patients should expect some soreness and fatigue for up to a day after vaccination, which is a sign that the body is developing a proper immune response. Large-scale testing of the vaccine has found no major side effects to the vaccine.

To read more about the different phases, visit the CDC website for details.

Keep using masks and social distancing after vaccination.
Keep using masks and social distancing after vaccination. (Source: MSDH)

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