As Mississippi vaccinates over 100,000, Reeves asks for patience

100,000 Mississippians vaccinated

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Over the weekend, Mississippi hit a milestone -- the state recorded its 100,000th vaccination.

As of Monday afternoon, Mississippi has vaccinated more than 114,000 people. Governor Tate Reeves says 9,719 people are now fully vaccinated, meaning they’ve received two doses.

Reeves says the state is working to get more people vaccinated as quickly as possible.

“Our maximum capacity this week is approximately 67,000 to 68,000 first doses. We won’t get all of those in arms, but we’re going to get a large majority in arms this week,” said Reeves.

100,000 Mississippians vaccinated as more vaccines head to the state

Reeves says he knows people were frustrated because they were unable to get through on the state website to reserve an appointment.

He says the website can now handle more traffic and said there should not be any more significant issues.

Reeves says 20,000 appointments were loaded on the site on Monday so people could sign up. He says the call center has also “bulked up” with more lines and people to take calls.

He says the state is also reallocating doses that weren’t used at some hospitals and private clinics but the state can only distribute what it receives.

“I promise to do everything in my power to get every single dose out, but there are still more people who want a vaccine than there are doses available,” said Reeves. “So, we do still need to recognize that and exercise some patience.”

Reeves also said Monday that 95% of nursing home residents in Mississippi should have access to the vaccine by the end of January.

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