Alcorn State opens vaccination site on campus

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LORMAN, Miss. (WJTV) – With COVID-19 vaccinations open to all adults in Mississippi, more vaccinations sites are opening across the state.

Alcorn State University opened an on-campus, drive-thru vaccination site on Tuesday. This is the first vaccination site in Claiborne County.

“We are a rural county, majority Black county. Things with transportation became an issue, so we decided to get public transport to provide transportation to the site. Everything was done to enhance our citizens being able to get the vaccinations,” said Martin Ratliff, Claiborne County Emergency Management director.

He said making the site a drive-thru was more efficient, and it’s staffed with familiar faces.

“The don’t have to get out of their cars. The one important thing to me is that it’s local individuals running our site. Local individuals, our citizens feel more comfortable seeing those faces,” stated Ratliff.

Alcorn State President Felecia Nave said even though the site is on campus, it’s not just for students and faculty.

“We know that our community members are not just our neighbors. They’re part of the Alcorn family. For us, that means being there in times of need. That’s why Alcorn State University is doing all it can to assist our greater family in the fight against COVID-19,” explained Nave.

The vaccination site will be open Tuesdays and Thursdays for the foreseeable future. If you are 18 or older and live in Claiborne County, visit covidvaccine.umc.edu or call 877-978-6453 to make an appointment.

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