All Vaccine Appointments are Currently Scheduled
On Jan. 13, 2021, the MS State Department of Health released a statement that the recent increase in online vaccination appointments has scheduled all of Mississippi’s current vaccine supply. Appointments are expected to resume in mid-February when Mississippi receives a new vaccine shipment.
Expanded Groups Eligible for Vaccine
MSDH issued a Health Alert sharing that in addition to healthcare personnel, the eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine has expanded to include Persons aged 65 years and older and Persons age 16-64 with underlying medical conditions, as follows: cancer, chronic kidney disease, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Down syndrome, heart conditions (such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies), immunocompromised from solid organ transplant, obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 30 kg/m2 or severe Obesity (BMI ≥ 40 kg/m2), pregnancy, sickle cell disease, smoking, diabetes, or other medical conditions determined by the medical provider.
Governor Press Briefing on Vaccine
On Jan. 4, 2021, Gov. Tate Reeves and Dr. Thomas Dobbs, along with other state officials, held a press conference to provide information on the state’s continued health and economic response to COVID-19 including an update on the vaccine.
COVID-19 Free Testing
The Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) has FREE testing available in every county for college and university students, faculty and staff. This offer includes symptomatic and asymptomatic testing. You can be tested free of charge at any county health department testing locations listed on this page, or daily at the free testing site in Jackson. Testing is offered at these locations only on scheduled days (see complete list of locations and testing days here). You will need to make an appointment before you visit by filling out an online questionnaire. You will receive an appointment regardless of whether you have COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who is infected. When completing the online questionnaire, if you are asymptomatic be sure to provide answers through the fourth question, which asks, “Are you a student, faculty, or staff member of a Mississippi college or university?” When you respond “yes,” you will have options to choose a location and select a date and time. Appointments in and around the UM community are now available on the days and locations listed below:
- DeSoto Co. Health Department: Jan. 6 and 8
- Lafayette Co. Health Department: Jan. 6
- Lee Co. Health Department: Jan. 6 and 8
- Grenada Co. Health Department: Jan. 6 and 8
- Marshall Co. Health Department: Jan. 6 and 7
- Panola Co. Health Department: Jan. 7
- Pontotoc Co. Health Department: Jan. 8
- Union Co. Health Department: Jan. 6 and 8
- Yalobusha Co. Health Department: Jan. 7
UM Libraries Winter Break Update
Residence halls operations during the holidays
Updated Quarantine Guidance from MSDH
Need to report your positive COVID-19 result over the weekend or after business hours? There are two ways you can accomplish this.
- Download the Everbridge App and select the Report Positive COVID-19 button. Then scan or take a picture of your results and upload it to our HIPAA compliant UMBOX. Only University Health Services personnel will be able to view your documentation.
- Fill out the UHS Self Report form, scan or take a picture of your results and upload both the form and your results to our HIPAA compliant UMBOX. Only University Health Services personnel will be able to view your documentation.