MS will double COVID vaccine sites after distribution mess, Gov. Reeves vows

Gov. Tate Reeves acknowledged the slow vaccine rollout in Mississippi on Friday and said the state will speed up delivery as elderly residents clamor for shots.Reeves wrote in a series of tweets Friday afternoon: “When we have a problem in Mississippi, my goal is always the same: be honest about it. Try to fix it, not hide it. Keep you up to date.”Sun Herald, Read More.

Where can I get vaccinated? These clinics in Mississippi are offering the COVID-19 vaccine

The Mississippi State Department of Health has of locations where Mississippians 75 years or older can get the vaccine for the coronavirus.The list, which is being updated as more providers are added, shows private clinics  offering the vaccine. As of Sunday, about 40 counties had providers on the list. State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs warned that vaccine supplies are limited and might not meet the demand of those scheduling appointments.The Clarion Ledger, Read More.

Frequently asked questions about COVID-19 vaccines in Mississippi

We, like you, have many questions about the COVID-19 vaccination process in Mississippi. We’ve asked the state’s top healthcare officials key questions and compiled information from the Mississippi State Department of Health and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Below, you can find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we’ve heard.Mississippi Today, Read More.

Biden’s First Order of Business May Be to Undo Trump’s Policies, but It Won’t Be Easy

The party split in Congress is so slim that, even with Democrats technically in the majority, passing major health care legislation will be extremely difficult. So speculation about President-elect Joe Biden’s health agenda has focused on the things he can accomplish using executive authority. Although there is a long list of things he could do, even longer is the list of things he is being urged to undo — actions taken by President Donald Trump.KHN, Read More.

‘No One Knew the Plan’: States Struggle to Increase Vaccinations

Some state leaders, such as Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, blame the CDC for delays, saying officials spent too much time focusing on who should receive vaccines first.“Right now, the most important task that we have is getting vaccine out to the public,” he said at a Monday news conference. “That is our only way out of this.” Public confidence in COVID-19 vaccines is increasing. Several recent polls show around 60% of Americans are willing to be vaccinated—a percentage that has increased steadily over several months.Pew Trust, Read More.

HHS finalizes rule that mandates exhaustive review of older regulations

The rule has gotten severe pushback from some in the healthcare industry. The American Hospital Association (AHA) said in comments that it could be confusing if a rule is up for review and when the public can comment. It criticized the rule’s plan of setting up a website where if a deadline to review an assessment or a review is nearing, the public can submit a comment requesting the assessment to start.The AHA gave an example of alternative payment models that get waivers of certain regulations such as the telehealth originating site requirement.Fierce Healthcare, Read More.

Coronavirus vaccine availability is expanding to all healthcare workers

At least 17 thousand front-line healthcare workers and long-term care residents have received a coronavirus vaccine in Mississippi, and this week there will be additional vaccine availability for all healthcare employees. This includes physicians, nurses, dentists and hospital administrators. Jim Craig, Director of Health Protection at the state Department of Health, says healthcare workers can get these vaccinations at any of the 18 drive-thru sites across the state.MPB, Read More.

Here’s when you can expect to receive a COVID-19 vaccine in Mississippi

Mississippi is currently in its first phase of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, which targets healthcare personnel and residents and staff at long-term care facilities. Health officials and Gov. Tate Reeves announced on Monday that people 75 and older may be eligible to receive the vaccine starting the week of Jan. 11.Mississippi Today, Read More.

Older Mississippians will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines next week

Mississippi will push up its distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to residents 75 and older to next week, health officials and Gov. Tate Reeves announced on Monday. The state will then begin distributing doses to those 65 and older the following week. In its first phase of distribution, the state is currently administering doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines to healthcare workers and long-term care residents.Mississippi Today, Read More.

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