COVID-19 vaccinations administered through the State of Mississippi in DeSoto County will be given at the Landers Center in Southaven, starting Monday, Jan. 25.
DeSoto County Government announced the change Saturday morning on its social media sites.
Those people who had vaccination appointments will need to go to the Landers Center, 4560 Venture Drive, Southaven, instead of going to the Health Department site in Hernando.
“The Supervisors have been working for weeks with our State Legislators, the Governor, and the State Health Department to get more vaccinations in DeSoto County,” county officials stated in a news release. “The move to the Landers Center is the first big step to get that done. Space at the current drive-through vaccination site at the State Health Department in Hernando is limited to only 400 appointments a day.”
Supervisor Lee Caldwell added that more vaccines are expected to come to DeSoto County.
“The Health Department has assured us that they will increase the number of appointments when the state receives more vaccinations from the Federal Government,” said Caldwell. “We want to make sure that everyone who wants a vaccination is able to get one in a timely manner.”
The state is also working to increase the number of National Guardsmen to administer those vaccinations.
The Mississippi State Department of Health will text and/or email people who already made appointments to notify them of the location change. Only people with appointments will be vaccinated. If you have an appointment, but did not receive an email or text, you will still need to go to the Landers Center.
Appointments can be made online at covidvaccine.umc.edu or by calling 877-978-6453. People are encouraged to monitor the website for appointment availability. Announcements will also be made on the DeSoto County Government Facebook page.
The Mississippi State Department of Health Saturday reported an additional 1,856 positive cases of coronavirus and 39 additional related deaths from the virus through Friday evening at 6 p.m.
There are also 200 active outbreaks in long-term care facilities.
None of the additional death reports from Saturday morning’s report came from DeSoto County, however. There have been 191 deaths recorded in DeSoto County that have been related to coronavirus.
A total of 114 more case reports were recorded from DeSoto County Saturday, which now has seen 17,675 positive cases of coronavirus.
Test positivity rates for the county fell slightly to 20.0 percent for the week ending Jan. 16, the last available information from MSDH.
A total of 113 long-term care outbreaks have occurred in DeSoto County with 24 fatal victims reported.
Mississippi has had a total of 261,167 cases of COVID-19 and 5,713 deaths.