DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — The state of Mississippi receives around 37,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine each week.
Now, those in Desoto County and surrounding areas will soon have more access to the vaccine.
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Starting on Monday, the county’s current drive-through vaccination site at the state health department in Hernando will close, and the Landers Center in Southhaven will open in its place.
It means more people in Mississippi will be able to get the vaccine each day.
Desoto County leaders say they were vaccinating around 400 people a day. With the bigger space, they’re hoping to vaccinate around 1,000.
“The venue itself is just going to be easier to get in and out of and to have more people,” Lee Caldwell, a Desoto County supervisor said. “Our hope is when we get more vaccine, we will be able to open the doors and people can either come in or do walk-ins”
Lee said county supervisors have been working for weeks with legislatures, the governor and the Mississippi Department of Health to get more vaccines out in Desoto County.
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“With all these people coming together, I think that this is going to be a very good thing for citizens in Desoto County and those who live in Mississippi,” Lee said.
It’s welcome news for first responders like Casey Rounsaville. As an EMT basic, he comes into contact with COVID patients on a regular basis.
“We have to take more precautions and we have to clean up the truck even more thoroughly than we normally did,” he said. ”Sometimes it prevents other people from wanting to go by ambulance to the hospital or go to the hospital at all because they think they are more likely to get it there.”
That’s why he’s glad Desoto County is making strides to get the vaccine out to more people.
“The faster we can get everyone vaccinated, the quicker we can get to herd immunity,” he said.
The new vaccination site is operating on appointments only.
The Mississippi Department of Health will text or call to notify those who already made appointments of the location change.