There are appointments available at Mississippi’s drive-thru vaccination sites, the state health officer said in a tweet on Tuesday. 

As of 9:08 a.m., there were appointments available at the Lauderdale County site, at the Neshoba County site and at other locations.

Those interested can book an appointment by visiting covidvaccine.umc.edu or by calling 877-978-6453.

People 50 years or older, K-12 school employees, preschool and childcare staff, first responders, health care workers and people with certain medical conditions are eligible for COVID-19 vaccination in Mississippi.

The Mississippi State Department of Health reported on Tuesday that 502,177 people have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in the state. Of these people, 285,231 individuals have been fully vaccinated, which means that they have either received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines or they have received one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

COVID-19 case and death numbers

Mississippi reported 357 new cases of the coronavirus and 26 additional COVID-19 related deaths on Tuesday, bringing the state’s totals to 298,008 cases and 6,834 deaths.

Lauderdale County reported 13 new cases and no additional deaths on Tuesday. 6,892 cases of COVID-19 and 228 COVID-19 related deaths have been reported in the county since March 2020.

COVID-19 case and death numbers for local counties are listed below.

Clarke County: six new cases; 1,713 total cases since March 2020. One additional death, which occurred between Jan. 14 and March 2 and was identified from death certificate reports; 74 total deaths since March 2020.

Newton County: three new cases; 2,336 total cases. No additional deaths; 53 total deaths since March 2020.

Kemper County: one new case; 916 total cases. No additional deaths; 23 total deaths since March 2020.

Neshoba County: four new cases; 3,861 total cases. One additional death, which occurred between Jan. 14 and March 2 and was identified from death certificate reports; 172 total deaths since March 2020.

MSDH presumed that 283,953 people in Mississippi had recovered from COVID-19 as of March 8. The department also reported that there are 56 ongoing outbreaks of COVID-19 in long-term care facilities in the state. 

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