Vaccine Update — ALL Mississippians now eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines
Gov. Tate Reeves and the Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) announced earlier this week that all Mississippi residents are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine (note that the vaccines are indicated for those 16 and older, depending on which vaccine you receive).
Individuals are strongly encouraged to schedule an appointment through one of the following:
- MSDH COVID-19 Vaccination Drive-Thru Scheduler
- COVID-19 Vaccine Call Center at 877-978-6453 or 601-965-4071, or
- Local vaccination providers
As of March 17 at 5 p.m., the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduler is showing appointments are available at drive-thru vaccination sites across the state, including approximately 1,000 in Lafayette County, 3,000 in Panola County and 700 in Lee County.
University Vaccine Site
The university opened a vaccination site on campus at the Tad Smith Coliseum that serves only University of Mississippi employees (faculty, staff, graduate students and undergraduate student workers) at this time. Working with MSDH and the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), the university received 1,170 doses of the Pfizer vaccine on March 12 to administer to its employees. The first vaccines were given on Friday, March 12, and appointments continue this week ending on Friday, March 19. All appointments for the week have been reserved. As of Wednesday, March 17, the university had administered 708 vaccines.
The university requested additional vaccine supply from MSDH and will notify the campus if more appointments become available. We encourage everyone to get a vaccine at their earliest convenience through any vaccination site.
New Blog: How We All Get to the Finish Line … Together
Dr. Jean Gispen, staff physician with Employee Health, shared a new blog about COVID-19 vaccines, including updated guidance from the CDC about gathering after you’ve been fully vaccinated. As usual, she approaches the topic from the lens of her childhood and with a healthy dose of humor and perspective.
Upcoming Dates for Free Asymptomatic Testing
The university’s free asymptomatic testing is available at the University-Oxford Depot on the following days and times:
- Thursday, March 18: 1–5 p.m.
- Monday, March 22: 1–5 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 23: 1–5 p.m.
- Wednesday, March 24: 8:30 a.m.–12 noon
To schedule your test:
- Text “2020” to 833-991-3009 OR click on this link
- Complete the Testing Intake Form
- You will receive a confirmation # to present at the testing site
- Bring your University-affiliated ID any day, any time during testing hours that week.
University COVID-19-Related News Stories
Check out some upcoming events. See more registered student events in The ForUM.
- March 19: Double Decker Bus Tour
- March 19: FSL Feel Good Friday
- March 19: Flagship Friday — Whodunit? A Mystery Game Night
- March 19-21: Ole Miss Baseball v. Auburn
- March 20: Tunes Around Town
- March 22-April 17: Intramural Dodgeball
- March 23: Concept Mapping Student Success Workshops
- March 23: GRIT Lecture Series
- March 24: Football Skills Challenge
- March 24-28: Oxford Film Festival
- April 24: Grove Bowl
OFF to the Drive-In
- March 19, 7 p.m. — “Legally Blonde” and “Clueless”
- March 20, 7 p.m. — Clueless” and “Legally Blonde”
Other Things to Know
CDC News and Resources
- Vaccine FAQs
- How to talk about COVID-19 vaccines with friends and family
- How COVID-19 Vaccines Get to You
Mississippi News and Resources
- MSDH reported the following information for COVID-19 cases in Mississippi as of March 16: 352 new cases, 7 new deaths and 43 long-term care facilities outbreaks.
- Mississippi Vaccination Report as of March 16: 904,289 total doses administered, 592,500 people receiving at least one dose, 329,992 people fully vaccinated and 1,214,825 vaccine doses distributed.
- Fox13News: Ole Miss opens COVID-19 vaccination clinic
National News Stories and Other Resources
- Coronavirus FAQS: Can I drink between vaccine doses? What is ‘vaccine efficacy’? (NPR)
- Are you procrastinating more? Blame the pandemic. (National Geographic)
- The first vaccine vial used in the U.S. is added to the Smithsonian’s collection. (NYT)
- Afraid of needles? Don’t let it keep you from a Covid-19 vaccine. (NYT)
- European Union Announces Coronavirus Passport to Allow Free Travel in Bloc (U.S. News)
On the Lighter Side
- Pandemic Craze: Squishmallows (NYT)
- Disc Golf: The rare sport that thrived during the pandemic (Sports Illustrated)
- The food that could last 2,000 years (BBC)
- Why ‘star walking’ is the outdoor activity we need right now (National Geographic)
- Newly vaccinated MA residents treated to mini concert when famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma played impromptu concert during his 15-minute observation period (AP)
- March 16 was National Panda Day (Discovery)
- Ole Miss This Week in Photos
- UM Vaccine Information Page
- UM COVID-19 Daily Symptom Checker
- UM confirmed COVID-19 cases among employees and students
- UM COVID-19 Dashboard
- MSDH Free COVID-19 Testing for faculty, staff and students
- Information for Students and Families
- Information for Faculty
- Information for Staff
- SAA-sponsored Student Activities Around Campus
- Frequently Asked Questions
- City of Oxford Upcoming Events
Studies and Surveys
- College Student COVID-19 Impact Survey: The university is collaborating with researchers at Columbia University on a national College Student COVID-19 Impact Survey to understand how the pandemic has affected undergraduate students’ health and decisions-making. For more information and to take the online survey: https://www.collegecovid19impactstudy.com/