Mississippi officials said the state was running out of coronavirus vaccines after vaccination appointments committed its entire supply.
Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) said in a press release As of Wednesday, his vaccine distribution plan has been “dramatically altered in recent days – particularly in the past 24 hours.”
“Neither the county health department drive-thru sites nor the UMMC vaccine planning website were designed to accommodate the monumental boom that we are currently experiencing,” the department said. . “At the moment, we don’t have an additional vaccine, and each appointment is linked to an actual vaccination.”
The department said it hoped to relaunch a large shipment of doses by mid-February, adding that it would keep residents apprised of additional doses.
“Mississippians need to understand that we can only vaccinate residents based on vaccine availability. We will open additional immunization appointments as we receive more vaccines, ”MSDH wrote.
“In the meantime, all Mississippians – whether vaccinated or not – should continue to follow protection guidelines. Above all, avoid social gatherings. And always wear a mask, ”he added.
The shortage comes a day after Gov. Tate Reeves (R) extended vaccinations to people aged 65 and older, as well as those with pre-existing conditions.
the Biloxi Sun Herald reports that Reeves has promised to open vaccines to first responders and teachers next week. The governor wanted to get “gunshots” from as many people as possible and quickly.
The newspaper notes that the MSDH hotline and website, as well as several hospitals, missed appointments on Wednesday.
Mississippi is not the only state to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility in an effort to quickly roll out vaccinations.
California Gov. Gavin NewsomGavin Newsom Maryland Governor Offers Up To 0 Stimulus Payments To Some California Residents To Open Multiple ‘Mass Vaccination Sites’ This Week, California Records Up To 695 Coronavirus Deaths In A Single Day MORE (RE) extended eligibility to anyone 65 and over Wednesday, and to the New York government. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo announces performance initiative to revive New York’s arts economy Republican candidate from Staten Island apologizes for reference to Hitler The Hill’s Morning Report – House to impeach Trump on Wednesday MORE (R) last week extended eligibility people aged 75 and over, as well as first responders.