JACKSON, miss. (WJTV) – Health and Human Services Region 4 hosted a forum to provide information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
There were 3 goals of this forum. One has been to allocate resources to improve access to vaccines. The state health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs offered many solutions for this. You can go to the … CDC website, The health department website, and healthyms.com. And there are also ways to provide vaccines directly to communities.
Dobbs says they have partnerships with clinics. So if you want to sign up and run community events, they will bring you vaccines.
The next goal was to involve executives to discuss challenges with vaccine reluctance. Dr. Regina Hyatt, vice president of student affairs at Mississippi State University, spoke about hesitation with students on campus.
She says, “Students say they are not necessarily against vaccination, but they are just not sure or are in a hurry to get vaccinated.”
The final goal is to identify best practices to build confidence in the vaccines. Pastor Odee Akines of Forest, Mississippi, shared his testimony by sharing the symptoms he had with Covid-19 in hopes of convincing others to get vaccinated so they don’t struggle with the same problems to have.
He says the church member from whom he contracted Covid-19 died when he was hospitalized. Akines spent 80 days in the hospital and said he didn’t know if he would live or die as the doctors gave him a 2% chance of survival.
And according to Dr. Dobbs, nearly 2 million doses of vaccine have been given to over 1 million of our nearly 3 million people in Mississippi with at least one dose.