On Monday, healthcare officials in Mississippi received the state’s first rounds of the COVID-19 vaccination. The state has been given 25,000 vaccinations in this first delivery. They are expected to go to frontline healthcare workers first, then the most at risk, eventually being made available to the public by the beginning of spring.

Of those individuals to receive the first five vaccines was State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs who said the shot felt like a butterfly or small sting.

Others who received the first vaccines are State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers, Health Protection Director and Senior Deputy Jim Craig, Sonja Fuqua, RN with the Community Health Center Association of Mississippi, and Dr. Leandro Mena of the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The Moderna and Pfizer shot which are expected to be on the market first will be given in two doses, so even if you’ve had one shot you aren’t completely protected from the virus until the second round which is given roughly 21 days later.

COVID-19 vaccine has arrived in Mississippi, and is shipping to hospitals and nursing homes now. The vaccine will be…

Posted by Mississippi State Department of Health on Monday, December 14, 2020