Mississippi to begin vaccinating teachers & first responders March 1

JACKSON, Miss. — Mississippi’s Governor says the state is getting ready to offer thousands of vaccinations, including some to essential workers.

Gov. Tate Reeves says that the state can see the light at the end of the tunnel, but the tunnel is still too long.

Reeves announced a dramatic drop in COVID numbers across the state Tuesday.

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“In fact, we have gone 17 straight days with less than one thousand cases being reported,” he said. “Our seven-day average is nearing 400 after having been at 2,400 several months ago. Total hospitalizations reached 1,450 at peak, and they are closer to 500 today.”

Reeves also said the COVID-19 vaccine would soon be available to classroom teachers, making their job that much safer.

“Today, I am excited to announce that we are going to open eligibility to the COVID-19 vaccine to teachers and first responders, and that will officially begin on March first,” Reeves said. “Tens of thousands of new appointments will be loaded tomorrow, and you can begin making appointments as soon as they are available.”

The governor also thanked those who will work weekends to help make up vaccination appointments that had to be canceled due to the snow and ice that hit last week.

“The men and women at the health department and at MEMA, and at the National Guard are committed,” he said.

Reeves said nearly half a million vaccinations have been administered in the state. He also thanked teachers for their dedication and teaching through the pandemic as they wait for the vaccine.

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