Mississippi governor provides update on state’s COVID-19 vaccine response


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Governor Tate Reeves announced 1.32 million vaccines have been distributed in Mississippi. As of Monday, 815,673 people have received at least one vaccine dose, and 541,241 more are fully vaccinated.

A little more than 160 Mississippians are currently hospitalized with COVID-19. Fifty-two people are in the ICU. According to the Mississippi State Department of Health’s (MSDH), 233 ICU beds are available across Mississippi.

Over the Easter weekend, space in the ICU for the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) exceeded capacity while other hospitals in the Jackson metro were in the single digits for beds available when combined with non-COVID patients.

Medical experts urged for people to use caution and to get vaccination, because a new wave could bring another burden to the system.

Everyone over the age of 16 in the state is eligible to receive the vaccine. People can be vaccinated at state-run drive-thru sites, as well as at community health centers, at some pharmacies and private healthcare providers.

People eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine can make an appointment at COVIDvaccine.umc.edu or by calling the COVID-19 call center at 1-877-978-6453.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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