Ole Miss opens COVID-19 vaccination clinic

OXFORD, Miss. — In big coronavirus news in North Mississippi, Ole Miss has opened a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on campus. This vaccination clinic is a special opportunity for pharmacy students.

Inside the Tad Smith Coliseum, pharmacy students were busy readying to open the clinic for the first time on Friday.

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The clinic has been ready for several weeks. All they needed was the vaccine and now they have it.

“Hoping to vaccinate about 250 today and it’s very important, and we hope everyone who is eligible will come out if they work on this campus and they meet the qualifications of the Mississippi Department of Health requirements,” said Dr. Lauren Bloodworth with the Ole Miss School of Pharmacy.

Beyond being an opportunity to get vaccines to people, it is a chance for Ole Miss pharmacy students to put their skills to work in a clinical setting.

“This is a great opportunity to interact in a real healthcare environment we have a clinic going on and we have our early pharmacy students and all four-year professional pharmacy students as well as our residents and faculty and staff,” Bloodworth said.

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For now, the clinic will offer shots on Tuesdays and Thursdays and Fridays and Saturdays.

“It depends on the day, today we are doing a half-day about two hundred and fifty appointments and we have more tomorrow like a full day and we are hoping to do four hundred and fifty. We have one allotment and we are going to try to get all the shots in arms” Bloodworth said.

When you combine the campus clinic with the National Guard clinic in Oxford, that equals almost 1400 people a day getting vaccinated in Oxford.

That is the highest number of people being vaccinated in one North Mississippi county that we know of.