JACKSON, Miss. (WLOX) - As Mississippi healthcare workers begin receiving COVID-19 vaccinations this week, everyone is asking when the state’s schedule will open up to other high-risk groups.
Monday, the Mississippi State Department of Health released a schedule outlining the next steps. By next week, vaccinations will be expanded to adults 75 years and older. And vaccinations for people 65 years and older could be available as early as the following week. That’s an acceleration of the health department’s currently outlined plan, and will depend on how many people schedule appointments over the next few weeks.
By February, vaccinations should be available for those with high risk medical conditions, as well as postal workers, grocery store and public transit workers, and those in the agriculture and manufacturing industries.
In March, vaccinations will extend to people living in Mississippi’s correctional facilities and congregate settings, as well as essential workers not already covered in pervious phases.
Mississippi is currently in Phase 1a of its vaccination plan. Healthcare workers being inoculated include a broad range of physicians, nurses, and clinical and facility staff in any setting where COVID-19 exposure is a risk. Long-term care facilities include nursing homes, personal care homes, assisted living, and similar group living settings for older adults or those with special health conditions. Click here to read more about who qualifies for this initial phase and how to make an appointment to be vaccinated.
Who Can Be Vaccinated
- Individuals 16 and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine, and those 18 and over can receive the Moderna vaccine.
- Pregnant women, lactating women and those who are immunocompromised may take the vaccine; however, consultation with your healthcare provider is recommended.
Who Should Not Be Vaccinated
- You should not take the vaccine if you have had severe reactions from previous vaccines or injectable medications.
What to Expect
- Two vaccinations, 21 to 28 days apart (depending on type of vaccine) will be required for full effectiveness.
- Like most vaccines, you should expect some soreness and fatigue for up to a day after vaccination, a sign that the body is developing a proper immune response.
- Large-scale testing of the vaccine has found no major side effects to the vaccine
For the very latest on Mississippi’s vaccination plan, visit: https://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsite/_static/14,0,420,976.html
To make an appointment for a vaccination, visit: https://covidvaccine.umc.edu/