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.

The tiered phases of vaccine distribution in Mississippi were announced by the Mississippi State Department of Health on Monday. The chart below lists the phases and general timeline of when Mississippians may become eligible to receive the vaccine, though health officials warned that the exact timing of these phases depends on how many doses Mississippi receives from drug manufacturers.

READ MORE: Older Mississippians will be eligible for COVID-19 vaccines next week.

Appointments to receive the vaccine at the state’s 18 drive-thru clinics must be scheduled online, and both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines which are being administered in Mississippi require two doses. The Moderna vaccine requires recipients to receive their second dose in 28 days, and the Pfizer vaccine requires recipients to return in 21 days, according to the Mississippi Department of Health.

Learn more about how to schedule your vaccine here, or call 877-978-6453.


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Kayleigh Skinner joined the Mississippi Today team in January 2017 as an education and legislative reporter and advanced to a senior staff member in her four years with the company. Before joining Mississippi Today, Kayleigh worked at The Hechinger Report, Chalkbeat Tennessee, and The Commercial Appeal. She has appeared on MSNBC, NPR, and BBC Newsday Radio to discuss her reporting.