Medical workers receive COVID-19 vaccine in DeSoto County

WATCH: Medical workers receive COVID-19 vaccine in DeSoto County

DESOTO COUNTY, Miss. — Healthcare workers in DeSoto County lined up to get their first round of the COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday.

More than two hundred healthcare workers were vaccinated in their cars.

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FOX13 spoke with some of those who got vaccinated about what it was like and why it was so important for their work.

National Guardsmen and the DeSoto County Health Department set up a big tent in the health department parking lot to start vaccinating healthcare workers.

Regina Seaton, a family nurse practitioner, was near the front of the line to get her shot.

“It was so organized and so easy, you have a time slot and the National Guard is there too, you pull in and they take your name and you fill out the paperwork you drive through and they give you the shot and you wait for fifteen minutes and it’s very organized,” Seaton said.

They gave 210 vaccinations to healthcare workers and another 210 is expected to be given on Thursday.

“There’s a lot of concern because some people feel there isn’t enough data, not enough research but as a healthcare provider and professional I feel it is important for all of us to take the vaccine, especially with the new variant. We don’t know how virulent it will be,” Seaton said.

Giving shots to 210 people is a big job. To get it done efficiently the health department filled appointments from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.

Vickie Young works in the business office of a busy clinic in Southaven. She got vaccinated and said it didn’t hurt at all.

“I just don’t want to get covid and give it to anybody, I’d rather get the shot,” Young said.

The DeSoto County Health Department is using the Moderna vaccine. That means people who get the shot will have to return to the health department for the second vaccination in 28 days.

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