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Demand for COVID-19 vaccine far exceeds supply in Mississippi


Mississippi health leaders said as of this week, 254,000 Mississippians have received the COVID-19 vaccine. But the demand for the vaccine far exceeds the supply — not only in Mississippi, but across the country.Mississippi is expected to receive about 45,000 doses next week.”We’ve been sharing more and more with the Baptist system and St. Dominic and UMMC, so there will be more and more available, not only through out drive-thru locations, but also through local partners who are out there making sure that they get as much vaccine into people as we can,” said State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.Gov. Tate Reeves announced Tuesday morning that 30,000 vaccine appointments were available. The appointments were booked within two hours. Dobbs said the supply problem is due to manufacturing challenges.”They’re very elegant vaccines, but there’s some production bottlenecks and it’s really kind of amazing that we have as much as we do, honestly,” Dobbs said.Reeves said he participated in a call with the Biden administration focused on the vaccine and supply problems.”The primary takeaway from that particular call is what we’ve been saying in Mississippi for quite some time, and that is, we really need the administration to focus on the supply issues, focus on manufacturing,” Reeves said.Dobbs said, with more vaccines in arms, the state is seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases, but Mississippi is not in the clear. He encouraged everyone to continue wearing masks and practice social distancing.”We are seeing a decline in cases, but this thing is far from over. We’ve got a long way to go,” Dobbs said. Beginning next week, 30 Walmart pharmacies throughout Mississippi will administer the vaccine as part of a federal pharmacy program, Dobbs said. The program is aimed at fighting racial disparity when it comes to access to the vaccine.

Mississippi health leaders said as of this week, 254,000 Mississippians have received the COVID-19 vaccine. But the demand for the vaccine far exceeds the supply — not only in Mississippi, but across the country.

Mississippi is expected to receive about 45,000 doses next week.

“We’ve been sharing more and more with the Baptist system and St. Dominic and UMMC, so there will be more and more available, not only through out drive-thru locations, but also through local partners who are out there making sure that they get as much vaccine into people as we can,” said State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs.

Gov. Tate Reeves announced Tuesday morning that 30,000 vaccine appointments were available. The appointments were booked within two hours. Dobbs said the supply problem is due to manufacturing challenges.

“They’re very elegant vaccines, but there’s some production bottlenecks and it’s really kind of amazing that we have as much as we do, honestly,” Dobbs said.

Reeves said he participated in a call with the Biden administration focused on the vaccine and supply problems.

“The primary takeaway from that particular call is what we’ve been saying in Mississippi for quite some time, and that is, we really need the administration to focus on the supply issues, focus on manufacturing,” Reeves said.

Dobbs said, with more vaccines in arms, the state is seeing a decline in COVID-19 cases, but Mississippi is not in the clear. He encouraged everyone to continue wearing masks and practice social distancing.

“We are seeing a decline in cases, but this thing is far from over. We’ve got a long way to go,” Dobbs said.

Beginning next week, 30 Walmart pharmacies throughout Mississippi will administer the vaccine as part of a federal pharmacy program, Dobbs said. The program is aimed at fighting racial disparity when it comes to access to the vaccine.



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