Health leaders discuss new COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in Mississippi


JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) – Everyone ages 16 and up can now get a COVID-19 vaccination in Mississippi. There are however important changes to scheduling certain appointments.

If you want to get your 16 or 17-year-old vaccinated, Pfizer is the only dose that has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the age group. Dr. Jim Craig, with the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH), discussed the locations for that vaccine.

“Smith Wills here in Hinds, Canton High School in Madison, Trustmark Stadium in Rankin, the coliseum in Neshoba, the Magnolia Center in Jones and Lake Terrace Convention Center in Forest are all currently operating Pfizer sites,” he stated.

The only way to register 16 and 17-year-olds for the vaccine is by calling the COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 877-978-6453. Anyone who has an appointment set for Wednesday, March 17, will be rescheduled due to severe weather.

“Any of the individuals who have appointments at those state-sponsored drive-thru sites are being automatically rescheduled and will receive notifications of their new appointment dates by email or phone,” stated Craig.

New mobile vaccine drive-thrus can also come to your area if schools, churches, or other non-profits open their doors by calling MSDH.

“If there’s a church or community organization or other partners in a community that wants to host a vaccination site or event, we’re going to get that name and organization number and work towards having that event in that community,” said Dr. Victor Sutton.

As these vaccine events grow, transportation barriers for rural patients become less of an issue. Results are already showing racial gaps shrinking.

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State health doctors point to steady declines in hospitalizations and weekly death averages.

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