JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Mississippi has reached a huge milestone in the fight against COVID-19.
The state has administered a million shots so far, Governor Tate Reeves announced Monday.
As of last week, vaccines are open to any Mississippian over the age of 16.
About 350,000 Mississippians are fully vaccinated.
Reeves acknowledged challenges will still remain but said the light at the end of the tunnel has gotten brighter.
“This past year has made me even prouder to be a Mississippian,” Reeves said, as he referenced the hardships many have had to persevere through: ice storms, tornadoes, floods, and a pandemic.
He says the number of cases has dipped to about 300 per day on average, down from 600 per day just three weeks ago.
Reeves is still urging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as they can.
State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs added everyone continue to take measures to stop the spread of the virus.
“Unless you’re in a small group and everyone is vaccinated, you need to wear a mask,” Dobbs said.
He says everyone should avoid larger gatherings and anyone over 65 should avoid any gatherings unless they are vaccinated.
Mississippi National Guard General Janson Boyles praised the governor’s leadership during the vaccine rollout, saying things have been in order and efficient.
“We consider it a privilege and a pleasure to be able to serve our state of Mississippi,” Boyles said.
The Mississippi State Department of Health’s vaccine map shows a breakdown of the vaccines administered by race, age group, county, and even a timeline of when specific vaccines were given.
Click here to find an available vaccine location near you.