COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility and General Information

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Qualifying for COVID-19 Vaccination

Mississippians Age 16 and Older Are Eligible for Vaccination

If you are 16 or older, you can be vaccinated at any of our drive-through or walk-in sites at no cost. (A parent or guardian must accompany minors to their vaccination.)

COVID-19 vaccinations are provided to Mississippi residents only, or to out-of-state residents who work in Mississippi.

If you have had severe reactions from previous vaccines or injectable medications, please consult with your doctor or a private medical provider about vaccination, rather than visiting an MSDH drive-through site.

Who Should Be Vaccinated

  • Persons aged 16 and older can receive the Pfizer vaccine, and those 18 and over can receive the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.
  • Pregnant women, lactating women and those who are immunocompromised may take the vaccine; however, consultation with your healthcare provider is recommended.
  • You can be vaccinated if you have tested positive for COVID-19 if you wait until your isolation period is over and your symptoms have significantly improved.

Who Should Not Be Vaccinated

  • You should not take the vaccine if you have had severe reactions from previous vaccines or injectable medications.
  • If you have had any other type of vaccination in the last two weeks, you should not be vaccinated against COVID-19 yet. Make a COVID-19 vaccination appointment at least two weeks after you receive any other vaccination.

Getting Vaccinated

Finding a Vaccination

Eligible Mississippians can be vaccinated at one of our drive-through vaccination sites. Many private health clinics and selected pharmacy outlets are also offering COVID-19 vaccinations.

After Vaccination

  • Side effects: Large-scale testing of COVID-19 vaccines has found a very low rate of serious reactions to vaccination. Like most vaccines, you should expect some soreness and fatigue for up to a day after vaccination, a sign that the body is developing a proper immune response.
  • Second doses: Two vaccinations, several weeks apart are be required for full effectiveness with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Read more »
  • Continue protective steps in public like wearing a face covering and social distancing even after you are fully vaccinated. This prevents possible spread of COVID-19 especially new variants of the virus.
  • You do not need to wear a mask or practice social distancing for some activities if you are fully vaccinated. Learn more »

Vaccination Records

MSDH does not provide replacement vaccination cards, but our MyIR online service lets you view your immunization records, including records of COVID-19 vaccinations, and print them if needed. To get started, register with MyIR.

If you find errors in your vaccination record, contact the MSDH Immunization Office about corrections: 601-576-7751

Your Second Dose

  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. Both doses of vaccine are necessary to be fully protected against COVID-19.
  • If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, you should return 3 to 6 weeks later for your second dose. If you receive the Moderna vaccine, you should return 4 to 6 weeks later for your second dose.
  • You must make a separate appointment for your second dose vaccination; it is not done automatically. Look for information on scheduling your second dose in the confirmation e-mail you get for your first vaccination appointment. If you have already had your first vaccination, look for a reminder e-mail with instructions on making your second dose appointment. If you need assistance with making a second dose appointment, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 877-978-6453.
  • You will receive a text message reminder about your second vaccination as time for your second dose approaches. You can also set a reminder with the v-safe app for your smartphone.
  • Please bring the vaccination card you received at your first dose to your second dose vaccination.
  • If possible, schedule your second drive-through vaccination at the same location you received your first dose.
  • If your first vaccination was through a private provider or pharmacy and not at one of our drive-through locations, return to that provider or pharmacy for your second dose.
  • After you are vaccinated, continue to follow all safety measures such as social distancing and mask wearing to reduce the chance of passing COVID-19 to others.

Questions and Answers

For Vaccination Providers

Last reviewed on Dec 29, 2020
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