PASCAGOULA, Miss. (WLOX) - Singing River Health System will begin vaccinating people age 75 and older at their drive-through vaccination site at the Jackson County Fairgrounds Thursday morning beginning at 8 a.m.
By 7 a.m., a small line had already started forming at the fairgrounds.
Singing River Health System Chief Medical Officer Dr. Randy Roth said vaccinating people age 75 and older is a necessity.
“Those are the folks that succumb to this disease. I have seen some young, healthy people succumb to COVID-19, but not many,” Roth said. “Our average patient is 68 to 85 years old with some comorbidities, obesity, diabetes, hypertension. We have to protect this patient population.”
Many healthcare workers are already experiencing the protection the COVID-19 vaccine offers, and Singing River Health System Patient Care Coordinator Deidra Peyton is advocating for everyone to get vaccinated.
“We went through the first phase getting the vaccination, not having any symptoms. You hear about all the symptoms that people are having. We didn’t have anything,” Peyton said. “We’re examples to show the others it’s ok to get the vaccination.”
Singing River Health System hopes to vaccinate around 1,000 people on Thursday. Singing River Health System Director of Pharmacy Lisa Fratesa said Singing River Health System will operate another drive-through when it is time for these patients to receive their second vaccination.
“These individuals will be registered in our electronic medical record, and they’ll get a reminder when their vaccine is due, their second vaccine is due,” Fratesa said.
Singing River Health System expects to receive more COVID-19 vaccines over the next few days and will offer additional opportunities for people to receive the vaccine here at the drive-through COVID-19 vaccination site.
Vaccinations for people after 75 and up are also being offered at multiple locations across the Coast through Memorial Hospital. To see the times and locations for those vaccinations, click here.