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Appointments quickly fill up at Warren County COVID-19 vaccination site

Even before local officials could publicize that appointments for the drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site in Warren County were open, residents were already flocking to the online portal to make reservations.

Not long after that, all of the appointments for the first week were gone. But, officials say more vaccine and appointments are expected.

“In just a few minutes, before we could even get the word out, people are already registering,” Warren County Emergency Management Agency Director John Elfer said. “People are monitoring that website and as soon as they saw our site become available, they were registering.”

Elfer said the demand is extremely high among local residents to get the vaccine, which led to Warren County being selected as a site by the Mississippi State Department of Health for a drive-through location.

The site, which is located in the back parking lot of the former Vicksburg Mall — now called Uptown Vicksburg — will provide 200 doses per day each Monday, Wednesday and Friday beginning Feb. 1.

“We were able to get 600 people signed up for next week,” Elfer said. “We understand not everyone was able to get a reservation, however, the Mississippi State Department of Health is working to get additional vaccines and reservation dates in the near future.”

Elfer said given the demand, it is his hope that Warren County could expand vaccine services to more days, but it depends on the availability of vaccines and healthcare workers available to administer the shots.

To register for an appointment online, visit https://covidvaccine.umc.edu/. If you have any questions or concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine, call 877-978-6453.

About Tim Reeves

Tim Reeves, and his wife Stephanie, are the parents of three children, Sarah Cameron, Clayton and Fin, who all attend school in the Vicksburg Warren School District. The family are members of First Baptist Church Vicksburg. Tim is involved in a number of civic and volunteer organizations including the United Way of West Central Mississippi and serves on the City of Vicksburg's Riverfront Redevelopment Committee.

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