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For many of the most vulnerable Mississippians, the COVID-19 vaccine has arrived. There are a number of ways you can schedule your vaccine, but the process may take time. More Mississippians are waiting for the vaccine than the present supply allows. Still, new availabilities open up on a daily basis. If you qualify, continue checking back regularly.
Age 18-64 with medical condition
Cancer; Chronic kidney disease; COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease); Down Syndrome; Heart conditions (heart failure, coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathy); Immunocompromised state (solid organ transplant); Obesity, Pregnancy, Sickle cell disease, Smoking, Diabetes, Any other medical conditions as determined by your medical provider.
Age 65 and up
All Mississippians 65 years of age and older automatically qualify for vaccinations, with no underlying conditions necessary.
All healthcare workers, including support staff such as technicians, contractual staff, food service employees and others, qualify for the vaccine.
Pfizer, ~95% Efficacy, Second Dose 3 weeks after 1st
Moderna, ~94.5% Efficacy, Second Dose 4 weeks after 1st
Both of the vaccines that are widely available provide virtually equivalent protection. 94-95% efficacy means that two groups were compared in large-scale trials last year. The unvaccinated (control) group received a placebo, and caught the virus at roughly 20 times the rate as the vaccinated group. Just as importantly, of the 21 severe cases of COVID-19 among both trials, only a single case had been vaccinated.
Your second dose should be scheduled at the same location, and for the same brand of vaccine as the first.
How Long Do I Wait at the Vaccination Site after My Shot?
15 minutes (No history of allergic anaphylaxis)
30 minutes (Previous allergic anaphylaxis events)
If you have already had COVID-19, you can still be eligible after your ten-day isolation period if your symptoms have significantly improved.
MSDH Drive-Through Clinics
The simplest way is to schedule an appointment with a drive-through clinic in your area.
Appointments are available online at https://covidvaccine.umc.edu/.
Over the phone, appointments and inquiries may be made at 877-978-6453 and
Often, significant new vaccine supplies are announced at Gov. Tate Reeves' semi-regular COVID-19 briefings.
It may be worthwhile to set up phone notifications for the governor's Facebook livestreams at https://www.facebook.com/tatereeves. As cancellations occur, more appointments become available. Continue to check back if you cannot schedule your first or second dose.
Private clinics have had the option to request doses of COVID-19 for some time now. In order to receive additional allocations, clinics must use 65% of their allocations. Call your local health-care clinics to see their current availability, and if they expect to qualify for additional doses.