JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi is expected to receive 24,000 one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccinations this week, according to Gov. Tate Reeves.
Reeves made the announcement recently on Facebook.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said that 8,000 of those vaccines will go to the state vaccination centers. The remaining 16,000 will be divided among 101 clinics across the state.
The Johnson & Johnson shots will be available Thursday and Friday at the Madison, Jones, Lauderdale, and Lowndes counties.
The locations were chosen because there were vacancies at the locations this week, Dobbs said during a Tuesday press conference.
“If you want a one-shot vaccine and to be done, it’s really attractive,” Dobbs said. “If you’re really wanting to get the bang for your buck, Johnson & Johnson is there.”
However, he said the two-dose Pfizer and Moderna vaccines still have better profiles when it comes to preventing symptomatic illness related to COVID-19.
He urged individuals to get any shot that is available, saying that the best shot is the one that individuals have access to.
Residents are urged to log onto healthyms.com for more information.
The news comes even as the state continues to ramp up vaccination efforts.
Through March 1, nearly 627,000 people had received at least one vaccination, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Of those, 407,647 people have received one dose, while the 219,000 people have received the first and second doses, MSDH data says.
Meanwhile, Reeves touted the state’s efforts to get shots in arms.
“We began this year with less than 20k Mississippians vaccinated statewide. Now we have 7 counties with more than 20k inoculated,” he said in a March 1 social media post. “In 2 months, we have put 626,647 shots in arms.”
Those eligible for vaccines include individuals 65 and older, as well as those between 18 and 65, high-risk individuals. First responders, teachers, and daycare workers also are eligible.