Mississippi officials said the state has run out of coronavirus vaccines after vaccination agreements committed the entire supply.
Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) said in a statement Wednesday that its vaccine distribution plan has been “significantly changed in the last few days – especially in the last 24 hours.”
“Neither the county health department’s transit sites nor the UMMC vaccine planning website were designed to accommodate the monumental wave we are currently experiencing,” the department said. “At this time, we have no additional vaccine, and each appointment is tied to an actual vaccination.”
The department said it hopes to revive a large shipment of doses by mid-February, adding that it will keep residents updated on additional doses.
“Mississippis need to understand that we can only vaccinate residents based on vaccine availability. We are opening further vaccination agreements as we receive more vaccines, ”MSDH wrote.
“In the meantime, all Mississippians – whether vaccinated or not – must continue to follow the protection guidelines. Especially avoid social gatherings. And always wear a mask, ”it added.
The non-delivery comes a day after Government Tate Reeves (R) extended vaccinations to people aged 65 and older as well as those with pre-existing conditions.
That Biloxi Sun Herald reports that Reeves promised to open vaccines for first responders and teachers next week. The governor wanted to get “shots in the arms” of as many people as possible and quickly.
The newspaper notes that the MSDH hotline and website as well as several hospitals ran out of appointments on Wednesday.
Mississippi is not the only state to extend COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in an effort to get vaccinations started quickly.
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