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WATER VALLEY – Yalobusha Health Services (YHS) is offering Covid-19 vaccinations for people 65 and older or people with underlying health conditions that would make them more vulnerable to the virus. Available by appointment only, the vaccines are offered at Odom Rural Health Clinic in Water Valley and Arrington Clinic in Coffeeville.
The clinics first starting vaccinating people 75 and older Monday morning. On Tuesday afternoon, Governor Tate Reeves and State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs announced people 65 or older or who have a pre-existing conditions could receive the vaccine. The health conditions listed in Reeves’ press conference included diabetes, heart disease, COPD, Down Sydrome, immune disorders, kidney disease, cancer, obesity, sickle cell, smoking and others as determined by the medical provider.
“Anyone 65 or older or with a pre-existing health condition that makes them eligible can call the clinics and make an appointment,” YGH administrator Jessica Embry told the Herald Tuesday afternoon. She also reported the two clinics are among 172 across the state that signed up to serve as an early provider for the immunizations.
Yalobusha General Hospital Pharmacy Director Linda Eakes added that each person vaccinated will be scheduled for their second dose 28 days after the first dose.
“The second dose is more important than the first, if you receive the first one, don’t skip that second one,” Eakes urged. She said the clinics received the Moderna vaccine. The first shot provides around 50 percent immunity to Covid-19. The second shot boosts your immunity to around 95 percent.
To make an appointment contact the Odom Clinic at (662) 473-1311 or the Arrington Clinic at (662) 675-2500. Appointments are offered as soon as possible.
A full list of private vaccine providers, including clinics and hospitals is available on Mississippi State Department of Health’s website.
Reeves also reported that teachers and first responders will be next to be offered the vaccine.
“They are on deck,” he told reporters during Tuesday’s press conference.