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Check vaccine appointments daily; Wal-Mart also has shots available

With the demand for coronavirus vaccine far exceeding Mississippi’s weekly supply health officials continue trying to get shots in people’s arms as best they can. While frustrating to those waiting to get their first dose, Walthall countians aren’t alone. The supply of first dose vaccine can’t keep up with the numbers who want it, in both the state and throughout the U.S.
State health officials are reminding residents trying to schedule their first COVID-19 vaccination dose that while Mississippi receives a weekly allocation of the vaccine there is a possibility of additional doses being added.
Another option is also available to county residents as the state announced that 31 Wal-Mart stores in Mississippi will offer vaccinations. McComb’s Wal-Mart is among those offering the vaccines.
No walk-up vaccinations are available at Wal-Mart. Instead, appointments have to be scheduled online at or through the Wal-Mart app accessible at the state department of health website.
Wal-Mart locations should receive about 200 vaccine doses each week. Those doses are separate from the state’s weekly allotment.
Residents should check the appointment website at each morning as appointments may be added on a day-to-day basis. For example, at the beginning of last week, the website was not accepting first vaccination appointments; however, by Tuesday several thousand new appointments we added to the schedule.
“Several thousand new appointments were added..but will be rapidly taken. Be sure to check back every morning for newly added appointments,” a notice from the Mississippi Department of Health stated.
In addition to the state-run drive-through vaccination sites, vaccinations are also available at area hospitals and clinics. The closest drive-through sites to Walthall County are Edgewood Mall in McComb and Lawrence County: Senior Center, 1441 FE Sellers Hwy, Monticello.
Walthall General Hospital is maintaining a list for when vaccines are received. In order to be placed on the list, call the WGH vaccine scheduling number at 601-876-0405 and leave your name and phone number. You will be notified by the hospital when an appointment is available for you.
Mississippi receives about 45,000 doses of the vaccine each week, allocated to the 21 drive-through vaccination sites, hospitals and clinics throughout the state.
If scheduling online isn’t convenient, call the Mississippi COVID-19 Hotline for assistance: (877) 978-6453.
Scheduling the second dose of vaccine is easier than in the past. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses.
If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, you should return 3 to 6 weeks later for your second dose. If you receive the Moderna vaccine, you should return 4 to 6 weeks later for your second dose.
You must make a separate appointment for your second dose vaccination; it is not done automatically.
Look for information on scheduling your second dose in the confirmation e-mail you get for your first vaccination appointment. If you have already had your first vaccination, look for a reminder e-mail with instructions on making your second dose appointment. If you need assistance with making a second dose appointment, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 877-978-6453.
You will receive a text message reminder about your second vaccination as time for your second dose approaches. You can also set a reminder with the v-safe app for your smartphone.
Bring the vaccination card you received at your first dose to your second dose vaccination.
If possible, schedule your second drive-through vaccination at the same location you received your first dose.
If your first vaccination was through a private provider or pharmacy and not at one of our drive-through locations, return to that provider or pharmacy for your second dose.
After you are vaccinated, continue to follow all safety measures such as social distancing and mask wearing to reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 to others.

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