Reeves, physicians promote vaccinations
JACKSON, Miss. (WTOK) - Gov. Tate Reeves encouraged people to get vaccinated as he and medical doctors answered questions about the vaccine in a Tuesday afternoon news conference. Vaccines are available now to everyone 16 and older in the state.
Mississippi has administered over 1.34 million doses of the vaccine, some of which were 2-dose treatments. Others were the 1-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Reeves was joined by State Health Officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs, cardiologist Dr. Clay Hays and gynecologist Dr. Meredith Travelstead.
|Reeves said between 25,000 and 30,000 shots are administered daily.|
|He said the 7-day rolling average is roughly about 200 cases. Hospitalizations are down 88% from a high in January to now only 163 people in the hospital with COVID-19.|
The governor encourages people to be vaccinated and take common sense precautions whenever necessary. He said calls from Washington to shut down will not happen in Mississippi.
Dr. Hays said he has seen an uptick in heart-related issues, he believes, from people being reluctant to go to the doctor because of the pandemic. Hays urged people to have their regular checkups, screenings and to seek help for problems they’re having, without fear of COVID-19.
Dr. Travelstead said she has conversations daily with patients wondering if they should have the COVID vaccine. She noted that the American College of OB/GYN said expectant mothers may be vaccinated. Travelstead said concern does remain in the minds of expectant mothers and those who are breastfeeding and she notes it is a very personal decision. She said there have been no increases in stillbirths or other complications among vaccinated women and the rest of the population.
Travelstead addressed concerns about infertility as a result of the vaccine, perhaps years down the road. She said there has been no data to indicate that is a risk. She noted that the known dangers of COVID-19 outweigh fears about the vaccine.
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