Gov. Reeves calls for expansion of drive-thru vaccine clinics in response to slow rollout

Gov. Reeves calls for expansion of drive-thru vaccine clinics in response to slow rollout
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announces 13 additional counties that have qualified and met certain requirements to be placed under mask mandates with his "Safe Recovery" executive order that is in effect until December 11th during his COVID news briefing, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, in Jackson, Miss. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis) (Source: Rogelio V. Solis)

JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves is calling for the rollout of vaccines in the Magnolia State to be issued faster.

Reeves shared his dissatisfaction with the speed at which vaccines have been administered so far.

“We had around 78K doses that were marked by the federal government for long term care facilities. State government was basically removed from that part of the process—direct delivery. Only around 2% had been given. That worried me,” he wrote in a statement.

Reeves said he and his team are working on plans to eliminate roadblocks from getting the vaccines out.

He also says the first round of vaccines in long-term care facilities should be complete by the end of January.

“We’ve had around 30K doses out at hospitals that had not been reported administered. It’s hard to say whether that’s a delay in actually delivering the vaccine on their end, or a reporting error. I want more information and accountability there. That’s coming,” Reeves wrote.

He added that he believes drive-thru clinics have been a big success. The plan is to double those sites, double the number of days open and to double the amount of appointments at each site per day.

Reeves says this will maximize appointments from 8,000 to 30,000 over the coming days.

“If you want a vaccine, you should have quick, simple access. Government logistics should not stand in your way.”

Gov. Reeves has not yet gotten the vaccine and is waiting on state health officials “to give him the green light on his turn to receive it.”

Those seeking a vaccine can click here or call 1-877-978-6453. They are currently available for people 75 and older or healthcare workers and EMT/paramedics.

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