Editor’s Note: We are sharing this abbreviated version of the COVID-19 newsletter to provide an update on recent developments relevant for the university community. The regular publication of the newsletter will resume Jan. 20, 2021.
Please see the message below from the Mississippi State Department of Health providing an update on the status of the vaccine distribution plan for Mississippi:
JACKSON, Miss. — The Mississippi State Department of Health had a vaccine distribution plan in place that has been significantly altered in the last few days – especially in the last 24 hours. Neither the county health department drive-through sites, nor the UMMC vaccine scheduling website was designed to accommodate the monumental surge we are currently experiencing. At this time, we have no additional vaccine, and every appointment is tied to an actual vaccination.
The Mississippi State Department of Health hopes to receive a large shipment of vaccine in mid-February that should help put additional shots in people’s arms. We understand the frustration brought on by this sudden change of plans. We will certainly keep all Mississippians updated regarding additional vaccine.
Mississippians should understand that we can only vaccinate residents based on vaccine availability. We will open additional vaccination appointments as we receive more vaccine.
In the meantime, all Mississippians – whether vaccinated or not – should continue to follow protective guidelines. Especially avoid any social gatherings. And always wear a mask.
UMMC has provided a comment on its Facebook page regarding the Vaccine Scheduler.
Follow MSDH by e-mail and social media at HealthyMS.com/connect.
This is a fluid situation. The UM Vaccination Planning and Administration Task Force continues to prepare to administer vaccines as soon as we receive them. We will notify you if circumstances change and when we receive them.