Miss. governor says teachers will be next to receive COVID-19 vaccine

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MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s governor made a number of big announcements about COVID-19 vaccinations in the state.

Tate Reeves also called for hospitals of doing a better job of using the vaccines they are sent.

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One of the biggest announcements the governor made had to do with the speed that things are rolling right now. Last week he said there were little more than 20,000 vaccinations given in the state. This week it’s more than 60,000. All but 5,000 of those are first doses.

“One important announcement that will hopefully unlock a lot of potential starting today we will be offering the vaccine to anyone who is over the age of 65 and anyone who has a preexisting condition that makes them more vulnerable to the virus,” Reeves said.

Reeves also shared that teachers and first responders and police offers would be next.

“You’re on deck. Next time we have an update expect it will be to announce that the vaccine will be available to you so stay tuned,” Reeves said.

Reeves said an area of concern is that some hospitals are leaving doses unused or not getting information about vaccinations back to the state quickly enough. He said it could cost the state the delivery of more doses. It seems the more you use, the more you get.

“And if the hospitals will not give us data on how much they are giving out the government will start cutting us doses, so we need to get this right fast,” Reeves said.