JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Through January 11, more than 55,000 people had been vaccinated for the coronavirus, according to numbers provided by the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Broken down by race, 64 percent of the vaccines have gone to white Mississippians, while 16 percent has gone to African-Americans, numbers show.
Additionally, 89,700 vaccines have been distributed to pharmacies as part of the federal pharmacy partnership, while 159,300 doses have been distributed to Mississippi healthcare providers, MSDH data shows.
Figures also show that with the start of the new year, vaccination efforts have ramped up. For the week of January 3, 29,962 vaccines were given, nearly three times as many as the week before.
The increase also comes as the state opens up vaccinations to those 75 and older, and as the state plans to open up vaccinations to seniors 65 and older by January 18.
On Tuesday, State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs reported that nearly 600 COVID-19 vaccination appointments were still open, including 226 in Neshoba County and 245 at the vaccine site in Lowndes County. One appointment was still available at the Rankin site, Dobbs said in a tweet.