Mississippi COVID vaccine appointments & resources

All residents 12+ are now eligible in Mississippi. Only the Pfizer vaccine is authorized for 12-15 year olds.

The COVID vaccine is now more widely across the country. Learn when and where you can get vaccinated in Mississippi and use our vaccine locator to find available vaccines near you.

Last updated September 14, 2021

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Latest COVID Vaccine Updates in Mississippi

September 14, 2021: Top U.S. health officials believe that Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine could be authorized for children aged 5-11 years old by the end of October (Reuters)

September 13, 2021: According to the CDC, it is safe and effective to get both a COVID booster and a flu shot at the same time. (Washington Post)

September 9, 2021: President Biden and the U.S. Department of Labor will issue a rule requiring businesses with more than 100 employees to have their workers vaccinated or tested weekly, officials said on Thursday.

September 9, 2021: Authorities are expecting an active flu season this year, threatening hospitals already struggling to keep up with COVID-19 strains. There is hope that COVID and flu vaccines will keep case counts low this winter. (Wall Street Journal)

September 7, 2021: World Health Organization (WHO): COVID-19 is likely “here to stay” as the virus continues to mutate similarly to the influenza (flu) pandemic viruses. (CNBC)

August 23, 2021: U.S. FDA has officially granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

August 18, 2021: CDC: COVID-19 vaccines and other vaccines “may now be administered without regard to timing.” This includes receiving COVID-19 and flu vaccines on the same day, as well as co-administration within 14 days. (CDC)

August 17, 2021: The flu vaccine may lower the risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Researchers studied nearly 75,000 COVID-19 patients, half of whom had received the most recently available flu shot.

August 15, 2021: CDC reports that COVID-19 has caused more pediatric deaths than the flu since the pandemic began.

August 13, 2021: Pediatric hospitals are seeing a spike in RSV cases as COVID-19 Delta variant continues, flu season approaches.

August 4, 2021: The Delta variant now accounts for about 93% of all COVID-19 cases in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

August 3, 2021: The seven-day average of daily COVID cases in the U.S. surpassed the peak seen last summer when the nation didn’t have an authorized vaccine, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said. Friday July 30 saw 72,790 new COVID cases nationwide.

July 27, 2021: CDC is now recommending vaccinated people wear masks indoors as number of COVID-19 cases continue to rise.

July 9, 2021: CDC says no COVID booster doses needed right now: "Americans who have been fully vaccinated do not need a booster shot at this time," read a joint statement sent Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration.

July 9, 2021: Pfizer to seek U.S. authorization for COVID booster shot. Based on evidence of increased risk of reinfection six months after inoculation and the propagation of the extremely contagious Delta variant, Pfizer plans to petition US authorities to approve a booster dosage of its COVID-19 vaccine within the next month, the drugmaker's chief scientist said on Thursday.

July 9, 2021: A top state official stated Tuesday that every person who died from COVID-19 in Maryland last month was unvaccinated, inline with recent evidence that the vaccine has made nearly all coronavirus-related deaths nationwide avoidable.

May 17, 2021: 32.5% of Mississippi residents have received their first vaccine dose. 25.8% of residents have completed vaccination.

May 14, 2021: Target, Home Depot, CVS and Harris Teeter are among the chains that will continue to require masks in store, though they are reviewing new CDC guidance and reevaluating store policies.

May 14, 2021: Walmart, the nation's largest retailer, says fully vaccinated employees and customers will not need to wear a mask inside stores beginning on Tuesday, based on the latest guidance from the CDC. 

May 13, 2021: CDC: If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you can resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal or territorial laws, incl. local business and workplace guidance.

May 10, 2021: The FDA has authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use in adolescents 12 and older.   This announcement came after Pfizer’s recent trial of the vaccine in adolescents which demonstrated that the vaccine is at least as effective as it is in adults.

May 5, 2021: Walgreens will offer same-day COVID vaccination appointments in all retail locations nationwide beginning Wednesday, with walk-in appointments available at select stores as well.  Since vaccinations began in December, Walgreens says it has administered more than 15 million vaccine doses. (nbc)

May 4, 2021: The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer-BioNTech's COVID-19 vaccine for administration to adolescents by early next week, according to a federal health official with knowledge of the agency's plans.  The move would allow many American middle- and high-school students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 well before the start of the next school year, using a shot Pfizer claims demonstrated "100% efficacy" in children as young as 12 years old with side effects similar to those that have occurred in young adults.  (CBS News)

May 3, 2021: The number of Americans fully vaccinated against COVID tops 100 million.  This means 39% of the nation's adult population has been fully vaccinated.  (abc)

May 3, 2021: The U.S. announced it will restrict travel from India starting Tuesday, citing the devastating rise in COVID-19 cases in the country and the emergence of potentially dangerous variants of the coronavirus.  While the overall number of lives lost to COVID-19 in the U.S. has eclipsed 575,000, deaths have plummeted to an average of about 670 per day from a peak of around 3,400 in mid-January.  (abc)

April 29, 2021: People with a history or risk of lymphedema in both arms, who have (or had) breast cancer, and people who need a mammogram within six weeks of their Covid-19 vaccine should consider seeking a vaccine site that will administer the vaccine in their thigh. “I just advise patients to call ahead, let the vaccine clinic know or the pharmacy know that they’re asking for the vaccine in the thigh,” said Cheryl Brunelle, the associate director of the Lymphedema Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. “I also counsel patients that if a local facility or practitioner giving the vaccine is not familiar with the thigh as an approved alternate site, the patient can share the C.D.C. Standing Orders document that lists the thigh as an alternative site for both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.”

April 28, 2021: The United States is reporting an average of 2.7 million daily COVID-19 vaccinations over the past week, according to data from the CDC, about equivalent to levels one month ago. Daily reported vaccinations peaked at 3.4 million on April 13. More than 40% of Americans have received at least one shot, and that figure is roughly 54% for those age 18 and older. Half of the adults are at least partially vaccinated in a majority of states. (CNBC)

April 27, 2021: The rate of COVID-19 vaccinations in the U.S. continued to slide in recent days, according to CDC data, as the seven-day average of daily shots reported administered fell to 2.7 million on Monday, the lowest level since late March.

April 27, 2021: The CDC on Tuesday eased guidelines on mask-wearing for Americans, noting many outdoor activities are now safe without a mask following significant progress with the COVID-19 vaccine and reductions in new daily cases nationwide.

April 26, 2021: As of Sunday, April 25, Virginia has had 654,210 total cases of COVID-19, including confirmed lab tests and clinical diagnoses, according to the Virginia Department of Health. That total reflects a 884 case increase since Saturday. The Virginia Department of Health reports a 6.1% 7-day positivity rate for total testing encounters, and a 5.5% 7-day positivity rate for PCR tests. 16 additional deaths were reported on Sunday, leaving the death toll at 10,691.

April 23, 2021: A single dose of Oxford-AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine reduces the risk of infection by 65% in adults of all ages, British researchers have found.

April 23, 2021: A CDC advisory committee called the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices is set to meet on Friday to continue its discussion of the rare blood clots seen in a small number of patients who have received Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

April 23, 2021: CDC: Johnson & Johnson vaccine administration should be resumed immediately with a warning about potential rare blood clots

April 22, 2021: More than 86 million U.S. adults are now fully vaccinated with more than 200 million shots administered, but experts fear that enthusiasm for getting the vaccine could be falling and many Americans may be too eager to take off their masks.

April 21, 2021: 31.2% of Louisiana residents have received their first vaccine dose. 24.1% of residents have completed vaccination.

April 21, 2021: One of the largest reports on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy boosts evidence that it is safe although the authors say more comprehensive research is needed.The study consisted of 35,000 U.S. women who received either the Moderna or Pfizer shots while pregnant. Their rates of miscarriage, premature births and other complications were comparable to those observed in published reports on pregnant women before the pandemic.

April 19, 2021: According to data compiled by Denver Public Health, Latinos comprise only 13 percent of city residents who have gotten an initial shot, compared to 72 percent of white residents (the race and/or ethnicity of at least 12 percent of people who got their first vaccine is unknown). Meanwhile, Latinos make up 48 percent of COVID-19 cases in the city and 30 percent of the city’s overall population.

April 19, 2021: Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, which currently requires two doses and is said to be over 90 percent effective against the virus, will likely include a third shot made available later this year.

April 18, 2021: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has announced that half of all US adults have received at least one COVID shot.  Nearly 130 million people 18 and older, or 50.4% of the total adult population, have received at least one dose of a vaccine. Almost 84 million adults, or about 32.5% of the population, have been fully vaccinated. (CDC)

April 16, 2021: Pfizer CEO announced that recipients of their vaccine will likely need a booster shot within 12 months.  He stated that "I think for planning purposes only, we should expect that we may have to boost.”  A booster shot may be an important safeguard against new variants of the COVID-19 virus. (nbc)

April 15, 2021: Dr. Fauci says this is a pause and not a cancellation of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. It will likely last days to weeks to determine next steps. "I doubt very seriously if we're talking about weeks to months," he told CNN on Wednesday. 

April 13, 2021: CDC and FDA recommend US pause use of Johnson & Johnson's Covid-19 vaccine over blood clot concerns;  six reported US cases of a "rare and severe" type of blood clot caused the initial concern.

April 9, 2021: Just short of 20 percent of the U.S. population was fully vaccinated, giving some 66 million people a strong measure of protection against a disease that has already killed more than 500,000 Americans. (Washington Post)

April 6, 2021: Vaccination eligibility is opening up throughout the country. However, there are more people eligible for a vaccine right now than there are doses. Securing an appointment continues to be a long, difficult process for many. Here are 10 tips for getting a vaccine sooner →

April 6, 2021: President Joe Biden is expected to announce that states should open COVID-19 vaccine appointments to all U.S. adults by April 19, moving up his original deadline by nearly two weeks, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Tuesday.

April 3, 2021: Pfizer/BioNTech have announced their COVID-19 vaccine affords at least 6 months of protection following the second dose. The vaccine was 91.3% effective against COVID-19 in an analysis of 927 symptomatic people through March 13, as indicated by real-world data compiled since the vaccine was given emergency use authorization. This compares to 95% efficacy reported in the interim results that were announced on Nov. 18, 2020.

April 3, 2021: More than 100 million people in the U.S. have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Friday. The news comes just two weeks after President Joe Biden announced he reached his 100-day goal of administering 100 million doses and expanded his goal to 200 million. As of Thursday, 157.6 million doses have been administered, according to CDC data. More than 200 million doses have been delivered to states and vaccine providers.

April 3, 2021: The Biden administration on Saturday put Johnson & Johnson in charge of a Baltimore manufacturing plant that ruined 15 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, and stopped the facility from making another vaccine developed by AstraZeneca.

April 3, 2021: More than 4 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine were administered in the past 24 hours, setting a new record and bringing the seven-day average over 3 million a day, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Saturday.

April 2, 2021: Fauci said the United States has enough contracts with other vaccine makers to vaccinate its entire population, and may not need AstraZeneca Covid vaccine even for booster shots in the fall

April 2, 2021: A recent study of 131 women recently conducted by Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and published in The American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows the COVID vaccines are not only safe and effective for pregnant and breastfeeding women, they may also offer some protection for their babies.

March 31, 2021: Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine is safe and 100% effective in preventing the illness in ages 12 to 15 and plans to request emergency use authorization extending vaccine administration to the adolescent age group. 

March 31, 2021: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC: "Vaccinated people do not carry the virus — they don’t get sick.” Walensky was referring to a new CDC study that suggests those fully inoculated with the vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer don’t transmit the virus.

March 30, 2021: Ninety percent of Americans will be eligible for their shots by April 19, President Joe Biden said yesterday as he expanded the number of vaccine sites. More than a dozen states are opening vaccines to all adults this week.

March 25, 2021: Pregnant mothers pass COVID antibodies to their newborns.  A large study at Massachusetts General Hospital has determined that mothers pass COVID immunity to their children through the placenta and breastmilk. [harvard.edu]

March 11, 2021: Individuals 50 and older are eligible to receive the vaccine in Mississippi.

March 11, 2021: As of March 13, CVS has added 12 more states to its list of pharmacies offering vaccinations. The new states are: Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nevada, Oklahoma, Utah and Vermont. After previously expanding to New York and Pennsylvania.

March 1, 2021: The FDA has authorized use of Johnson & Johnson's single-dose vaccine.

February 25, 2021: Pfizer expects to triple its vaccine production by mid-March.  An FDA advisory board will meet to determine whether to grant Johnson & Johnson an EAU.

February 18, 2021: Inclement weather may be affecting the scheduling capacity of certain sites.

Where can I get a COVID vaccine in Mississippi?

The COVID vaccine is currently available to eligible individuals in Mississippi from most retail pharmacies, hospitals, healthcare centers, urgent care clinics, doctors offices and community vaccination hubs. Appointments are required at most locations.

Who is eligible to get the COVID vaccine in Mississippi?

As of May 10, 2021, everyone 12 years of age and older in Mississippi and throughout the country are eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. This nationwide eligibility effectively supersedes any prior phased eligibility plan within Mississippi. However, individual states and metro areas may take longer than others to support vaccination of the 12-15 year old population.

While all Mississippi adults and teenagers are eligible for the vaccine and the many Americans are fully vaccinated, the White House and CDC have urged Americans to continue to take precautions as new variants spread.

When can my child get the shot in Mississippi?

Clinical trials are currently underway to determine whether the vaccines are safe and effective for use for younger children 11 years old and younger. While it is possible that a vaccine will be approved for use in these age groups before the start of school in August 2021, Dr. Anthony Fauci recently stated during a White House COVID-19 response briefing that there could be "enough information to be able to safely vaccinate children of virtually any age" by the end of the year, citing recent data from Pfizer on the safety and efficacy of its vaccine in adolescents. While these age groups remain unvaccinated, social distancing and masking policies will keep your child safe from infection. We will update this page as the situation develops.

Where can I get a COVID vaccine in Mississippi?

If you are currently eligible to receive a COVID vaccine, use your zip code to find nearby locations with appointment availability.

Other resources to find vaccine appointments in Mississippi:

Visit your local county website

Most county websites in Mississippi let you sign up for updates about vaccine availability. These are great resources to find the latest information on all the community-based vaccine sites in your county.

Talk to your healthcare provider

Call your doctor or check their website to see what vaccine information they have available. Many health systems and providers have different rollout schedules based on how many doses they have on hand.

Call your local pharmacy or visit their website

Certain national pharmacies and retailers are scheduling appointments online, but you must meet eligibility requirements set by the state. Retail pharmacies such as Rite Aid, Walgreens, and CVS, as well as stores like Walmart and Sam's Club have limited supply and are taking appointments. Visit their respective websites for details.

10 tips to score a vaccine appointment

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More COVID-19 vaccine resources in Mississippi

COVID Testing is still important

If you have symptoms of COVID, you should still get tested. This is true even if you’ve been vaccinated, since the vaccines don’t offer 100% protection. Testing remains an essential part of getting back to normal.

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Key facts about COVID-19 vaccines

Studies have shown that COVID-19 vaccines are safe to get and highly effective at preventing you from getting COVID-19. Even if you do get COVID-19, the vaccine prevents you from getting seriously ill. The more people that get vaccinated, the faster we can get back to normal life.

They’re safe

Rigorous clinical trials must show that vaccines are safe and effective before they’re authorized for public use. Millions of people have received COVID-19 vaccines, which have undergone the most intensive safety monitoring in US history.

They’re effective

All approved vaccines are proven to be highly effective at preventing COVID-19. Based on what we know so far, experts believe that all the approved vaccines will nearly 100% prevent serious illness and death. They may also help protect family, friends, and those around you.

They’re free

COVID-19 vaccines will be free for all Americans under the CARES act. The US government has already ordered and paid for hundreds of millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses using US tax dollars to ensure that everyone who wants one can get one.

Top vaccine myths

When deciding to get vaccinated, it’s important to separate fact from fiction.

The vaccines will not make you sick with COVID-19.

The vaccines do not have a microchip that will track you.

The mRNA COVID vaccines (Moderna and Pfizer) will not alter your DNA.

If you already had COVID-19, that does not mean you don’t need the vaccine.

What to expect on vaccination day

Because COVID-19 vaccines are new, you may have questions about what happens before, during and after your vaccine appointment. Here are some things you can do to prepare.

Before your vaccination:

  • Wear loose-fitting or sleeveless clothing so healthcare workers can easily access your upper arm.
  • Be sure you’re hydrated and limit your intake of alcohol the night before your appointment.
  • It is not recommended to take over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen (Advil), aspirin, or acetaminophen (Tylenol) to try and prevent vaccine-related side effects.
  • Do not schedule other vaccine appointments for at least 14 days before or after.
  • Bring proof of your eligibility to make sure you don’t get turned away when you arrive.

During your vaccination:

  • You AND your healthcare worker should wear a mask. Follow the CDC guidelines for protecting yourself and others while in public.
  • You’ll receive a vaccination card telling you which COVID vaccine you received and when. Bring the card to your second dose (for Pfizer or Moderna) and keep it in a safe place for the future.
  • You’ll be monitored on-site for a short period of time after receiving your vaccine to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction (which is very rare).
  • If you receive an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna,) you’ll need to schedule a second shot to make sure you get the most protection.

After your vaccination:

  • You may want to clear your schedule after your vaccination in case you experience side effects. Side effects are usually mild, but may affect your ability to work or go about your day as usual.
  • It takes time for your body to build protection after any vaccination. Vaccines that require 2 shots (like Pfizer or Moderna) may not protect you until about 2 weeks after your second shot. Vaccines that require 1 shot (like Johnson & Johnson) take about 2 weeks to build protection as well.
  • Talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medicine, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines, for any pain and discomfort you may experience after getting vaccinated. You can take these medications to relieve post-vaccination side effects if you have no other medical reasons that prevent you from taking these medications normally.

Possible side effects

Vaccine side effects are normal, healthy signs that your body is building protection. Side effects are typically mild and go away in a few days. If you think you might be having a severe allergic reaction, seek immediate medical care by calling 911.

Side effects on your arm

  • Pain
  • Soreness
  • Redness, rash
  • Swelling

Tips to reduce arm discomfort

  • Apply cool, wet washcloth to the area
  • Use or exercise your affected arm

Side effects in your body

  • Tiredness
  • Headache, fever
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills

Tips to reduce fever discomfort

  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Dress lightly

Life after vaccination

Congratulations! 2 weeks after your final vaccine dose, you’re considered fully vaccinated. That means you can start doing certain things you stopped during the pandemic. You should still take precautions in public, though, until scientists know more about how well vaccines prevent transmission to others.

Read more: Fully vaccinated? Here’s what you can start doing again safely" (the full article title is linked)

What can I now do safely?

  • You can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing masks.
  • You can see unvaccinated people indoors, too, as long as they’re from one other household. (For example, visiting a child/grandchild and their family, or a group of friends who live together.)
  • If you’ve been around someone who has had COVID-19, you don’t need to stay away from others or get tested unless you start experiencing symptoms.
  • If you live in a group home or facility and are exposed to someone with COVID-19, you should still quarantine for 14 days and get a COVID test, even if you don’t have symptoms.

What safety measures should I continue taking?

  • You should still take the same precautions you’re used to (wearing a mask, staying 6 ft apart, avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated spaces) to protect yourself and others while in public, or when you gather with unvaccinated people from more than one household.
  • You should still delay domestic and international travel. If you do choose to travel, you still need to follow the CDC recommendations, as well as the local requirements of the place you’re visiting.
  • You should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms, especially if you’ve been around someone that’s feeling sick. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, get a COVID test and stay away from others.
  • You should still continue to follow any guidelines set by your workplace and local businesses.

What scientists are still learning

Vaccines are safe and effective, but there are still questions scientists are working to understand. We’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

  • How effective vaccines are against new variants of the virus.
  • How well vaccines keep people from spreading COVID to others.
  • How long vaccines will protect people from COVID.

Mississippi COVID vaccine FAQs

Get answers to common questions about the COVID-19 vaccine, including information from the state of Mississippi and advice from healthcare professionals.

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    Where can I get a COVID-19 vaccine in Mississippi?

    The COVID vaccine is currently available to eligible individuals through health clinics, hospitals, health departments, pharmacies, and doctors’ offices including urgent care centers. COVID vaccine locations in Mississippi—as well as the availability of appointments and doses at each location—are changing daily. Solv, through partnership with vaccinefinder.org and others, is actively maintaining the list of providers above and is refreshing at least daily, so check back frequently. Additionally, check directly with vaccine providers near you as last minute availability for eligible populations sometimes opens up.

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    What pharmacies are administering the COVID vaccine in Mississippi?

    Independent pharmacies, as well as regional and national chains, are administering the COVID vaccine across the country. Most are partnered with HHS directly to make the vaccine available as quickly as possible. Here are a few of the major pharmacy chains administering the vaccine with details on how to register for an appointment:

    • Albertsons. Albertsons will be making the COVID vaccine available at stores nationwide based on regional distribution and eligibility schedules. Appointments fill up fast and they will release appointments as they receive supply.
    • CVS. CVS stores nationwide are adding the COVID vaccine to their online schedule as it becomes available in each market, allowing people to schedule both their first and second doses (as applicable).
    • Costco. Costco pharmacies will be administering COVID-19 vaccines as soon as they are available, in accordance with CDC and state guidelines. Register on their website. Note: Please do not contact the local Costco pharmacy as they are unable to schedule an appointment or provide current eligibility requirements.
    • Kroger. Kroger is partnering with federal and state agencies to deliver one million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per week across their pharmacies, clinics, and off-site events. Their website will be regularly updated with information on local availability.
    • Rite Aid. Rite Aid pharmacies are scheduling vaccine appointments in accordance with local and state eligibility requirements. Check the linked PDF for the latest details. Note: Please do not call your local Rite Aid pharmacy for a vaccine appointment.
    • Target. Target expects to be able to start distributing the COVID vaccine in partnership with CVS and their on-site pharmacy locations. Check the CVS pharmacy website for updates and dates when more vaccines will become available.
    • Walgreens. Walgreens will be providing COVID vaccines to consumers at all of its 9,000+ store locations. Check their website to see which locations presently offer the vaccine and their appointment availability.
    • Walmart. Walmart is administering the vaccines based on state and federal eligibility guidelines and is scheduling appointments at thousands of their stores nationwide. Check their website often for availability as the vaccine continues rolling out to more stores.
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    When will children be able to get the COVID vaccine in Mississippi?

    As of May 10 the Pfizer vaccine has received EUA from the FDA to vaccinate the 12-15 year old population, thus making everyone 12+ years old in the U.S. eligible for the COVID vaccine. According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, there could be "enough information to be able to safely vaccinate children of virtually any age" by the end of the year, referencing recent data from Pfizer. Once the FDA provides emergency use authorization (EUA) for the vaccines to be administered to children, it is likely that the same providers in Mississippi that are currently administering the vaccine to adults will begin accepting appointments for kids.

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    Will I be able to receive the vaccine if I’ve already contracted COVID-19?

    Yes, people who have had COVID-19 can still get the vaccine. The CDC recommends you wait until after you have recovered to receive it.

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    Do I need to keep wearing a mask after I have been vaccinated in Mississippi?

    Yes. Social distancing and masking policies are still in effect after you have been vaccinated.

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    How many COVID vaccine doses will I need?

    The first two COVID vaccines developed by Pfizer and Moderna each require two (2) doses of the COVID vaccine. Each dose must be of the same product, and will need to be separated by either 21 days or 28 days, depending on the vaccine. That means if you received your first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, your second dose must also be the Pfizer vaccine. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine, approved for use in the US on February 27, 2021, only requires one dose. Consult your healthcare professional if you have additional questions.

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    How long will the COVID vaccine last?

    New research finds that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines provide viral immunity for at least 6 months, but since COVID-19 is so new, experts aren’t sure if immunity will wane after that. A vaccine is a medicine designed to defend against diseases by introducing the immune system to a virus in a safe way. This process allows the immune system to learn how to defeat it by generating antibodies specific to the virus. These antibodies will help ward off future infections and in some cases prevent re-infection. Scientists are still researching how long antibodies last for coronavirus (COVID-19), which could inform how long a vaccine will last.

Recognized health organization resources

For detailed, up-to-date information about COVID-19 vaccines visit these official health organization resources:

CDC for the latest on COVID Vaccines from the US government.

WHO for the latest on vaccines from the world health organization

NIH for the latest information on vaccine trials and research

The information on this site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. For the latest information on the vaccines, please refer to the CDC at cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html. In the event of a discrepancy between the information here and the CDC website, please follow the CDC guidance.

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