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COVID-19 Vaccines & Treatment Information

Check back to this page for updates with new information about the vaccine as it becomes available. 

Important things to know about the COVID-19 vaccine from the CDC

  • The safety of COVID-19 vaccines is a top priority

    The U.S. vaccine safety system ensures that all vaccines are as safe as possible. Learn how federal partners are working together to ensure the safety of COVID-19 vaccines.

    CDC has developed a new tool, v-safe, as an additional layer of safety monitoring to increase our ability to rapidly detect any safety issues with COVID-19 vaccines. V-safe is a new smartphone-based, after-vaccination health checker for people who receive COVID-19 vaccines. Learn more about the currently approved vaccine here.

  •  COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you from getting COVID-19. Two doses are needed

    You need 2 doses of the currently available COVID-19 vaccine. If you have chosen the Pfizer vaccine, a second shot 3 weeks after your first shot is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease. For Moderna, a second shot is required 4 weeks after the first dose. A second shot is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease. For whichever vaccine that you choose, your second dose needs to be the same one.

  • Right now, CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccine be offered to healthcare personnel and residents of long-term care facilities

    Because the current supply of COVID-19 vaccine in the United States is limited, CDC recommends that initial supplies of COVID-19 vaccine be offered to healthcare personnel and long-term care facility residents.

  • After COVID-19 vaccination, you may have some side effects. This is a normal sign that your body is building protection

    The side effects from COVID-19 vaccination may feel like flu and might even affect your ability to do daily activities, but they should go away in a few days. Learn more about what side effects to expect and get helpful tips on how to reduce pain and discomfort after your vaccination.

  • The COVID-19 vaccination is proving to be effective against the delta variant

    Studies are showing that the currently available vaccinations are effective in protecting against COVID-19.

Mississippi is experiencing a significant rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.

Due to the rapid increase in delta variant cases and outbreaks, combined with the low overall vaccination rate in the state, MSDH is making the following recommendations through July 26, 2021.

  • All Mississippians 12 years of age and older should receive COVID-19 vaccination.
  • All those who are unvaccinated should wear a mask when indoors in public settings.
  • All Mississippi residents 65 years of age and older should avoid all indoor mass gatherings (regardless of vaccination status).
  • All Mississippi residents with chronic underlying medical conditions should avoid all indoor mass gatherings (regardless of vaccination status).
Learn more about the delta variant
  • Cost is not an obstacle to getting vaccinated against COVID-19

    Vaccine doses purchased with U.S. taxpayer dollars will be given to the American people at no cost. However, vaccination providers may be able to charge administration fees for giving the shot. Vaccination providers can get this fee reimbursed by the patient’s public or private insurance company or, for uninsured patients, by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Provider Relief Fund.

  • The first COVID-19 vaccine is being used under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Many other vaccines are still being developed and tested

    If more COVID-19 vaccines are authorized or approved by FDA, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will quickly hold public meetings to review all available data about each vaccine and make recommendations for their use in the United States. Learn more about how CDC is making COVID-19 vaccine recommendations.

    All ACIP-recommended vaccines will be included in the U.S. COVID-19 Vaccination Program. CDC continues to work at all levels with partners, including healthcare associations, on a flexible COVID-19 vaccination program that can accommodate different vaccines and adapt to different scenarios. State, tribal, local, and territorial health departments have developed distribution plans to make sure all recommended vaccines are available to their communities.

  • COVID-19 vaccines are one of many important tools to help us stop this pandemic

    It’s important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to help stop this pandemic as we learn more about how COVID-19 vaccines work in real-world conditions. Cover your mouth and nose with a mask when around others, stay at least 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds, and wash your hands often.

Considerations for those interested in getting a vaccination:

  • If you have recently had Covid-19 infection, you may have some natural immunity for up to 90 days which may protect you while waiting for vaccine to be available. 
  • If you want the vaccine but not sure if you may have already had the infection, you may want to consider asking your primary care provider to order an antibody test to see if you have any immunity. 
  • If you are pregnant, please confer with your OB/GYN provider and follow their guidance as to whether to take the vaccine or to wait as the CDC has not provided any recommendations but we do anticipate they will provide recommendations in the near future. 
  • The current Covid-19 vaccines are a two shot series, so if you are unable or unwilling to get the 2nd shot in 21-28 days you may want to consider waiting as it is optimal for full protection from the vaccine to follow the series as intended. 
  • There is report in the clinical trials of volunteers experiencing some post vaccination side effects. This can be common with any vaccination. CDC has relayed the most prevalent side effects from the vaccine can be fatigue, headache, and a sore arm However, some may experience temporary flu like symptoms (which can be typical with any immunization) as your body makes an immune response which is what creates the antibody protection we are striving for. 

Frequently Asked Questions

doctor conger and dr penico - memorial infectious disease specialists

Infectious Disease Specialists Dr. Nicholas Conger and Dr. Jesse Penico break down the most common questions about the upcoming Covid-19 vaccines:

How do these vaccines work?

Vaccines work by inducing your immune system into making an antibody against the virus. They have different targets, but all appear to be quite effective. All of them are reporting that they are preliminary studies show greater than 90% efficacy which is excellent for a vaccine. This is a huge breakthrough and occurred in record time. All of the people that worked on these vaccines and the people that funded them and supported them should be very proud of this achievement. Those vaccines take many years to develop. There are some infections that we are not able to make vaccines for despite years of research. For an infection like this that can infect almost the entire population an effective vaccine is a game changer.

How difficult is it to find the vaccine?

While originally, the COVID-19 vaccines were in limited supply, vaccines are now readily available at many clinics and pharmacies. Here's a list of Memorial clinics offering COVID-19 vaccinations.

Do you think this vaccine is safe?

All three vaccines appear quite safe based on the preliminary data that is available to review. It looks like the vaccines that require two doses may cause pain, redness, and inflammation at the injection site, like vaccines can do. You need 2 doses of the currently available COVID-19 vaccine. If you have chosen the Pfizer vaccine, a second shot 3 weeks after your first shot is needed to get the most protection the vaccine has to offer against this serious disease. For Moderna, a second shot is required 4 weeks after the first dose. In addition, you might feel slightly ill the day you receive it, but that usually just means that it is stimulating your immune system the way it is intended to. 90 to 95% efficacy is excellent for a vaccine. Compare that to the flu vaccine which averages between 49 and 50% effective annually. We have said that it will take herd immunity or mass vaccination to end this pandemic. A vaccine with efficacy greater than 90% could rapidly lead to herd immunity. Addition, in some of the vaccine trials, the few patients that caught coronavirus despite vaccination had shorter, less aggressive infection courses.

How does the vaccine coverage work? Will people need to get the vaccination more than once?

There are multiple strains and the vaccines protect against all that we are aware of. They are unlikely to protect against other varieties of viruses. The levels fall after several months, but whether the immune system will need help of memory remains to be seen. It is yet to be determined if we will need repeat doses or annual boosters of this vaccine. It will depend on exactly how efficacious it is and what it does to the rate of ongoing spread in the community.

What will the overall effect of this be? Will things return more to normal, or will masks, social distancing, etc. be necessary for a while?

Experts hope that the vaccines widespread inoculation will provide enough immunity to provide herd immunity and finally stop the pandemic. We are all hoping that this could lead to a reduction in infection.

Antibody Infusion Treatment:

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with COVID-19, you may benefit from receiving the FDA approved monoclonal antibody infusion, geared towards reducing symptoms. This is a two-hour session including an infusion session and subsequent observation. Read the following criteria below to see if you qualify for this limited supply treatment:

  • Tested positive for COVID-19
  • Signs and symptoms within the past 10 days
  • 18 years of age or older with a risk factor for progression of disease
  • Mild to moderate symptoms
  • No recent hospitalization related to COVID
  • Not requiring oxygen therapy

*Treatment may reduce progression of the disease and hospitalization. Results may vary.

Find a vaccination or testing location

To schedule an appointment, call Memorial's COVID-19 hotline - (228) 867-5000
Monday – Friday - 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. , Saturday & Sunday - closed

Call our COVID-19 hotline for the most up-to-date information about the virus and to schedule a testing appointment.

How to prepare for getting your COVD-19 vaccine

Memorial is currently offering COVID-19 vaccinations at 
multiple locations. We urge anyone ages 75+, especially those with serious health conditions to get vaccinated as soon as possible, as this vaccine could be life-saving. Serious health conditions include:

  • Kidney disease
  • Heart conditions, including heart failure, coronary artery disease, and heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Obesity
  • Sickle cell disease


  • Familiarize yourself with the vaccination you will be receiving to ensure it is safe for you to receive.
  • Make sure you are able to return 21-28 days after your first vaccine.


  • Bring proof of identification or employment (if a healthcare worker)
  • You will receive a COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, DO NOT LOSE THIS.
  • Allot enough time for a potential wait to receive the vaccination, as well as at least 15 minutes following vaccination for observation to ensure you are well.


  • Wait for a minimum of 15 minutes following your vaccination for potential side effects of the vaccine to arise.
  • DO NOT lose your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, this will be needed at your second vaccination and possibly after
  • Make sure to return 28 days later for your second dose of the vaccine.


  • Vaccines are readily available.
  • Cost is free to the public
  • Individuals must provide identification
  • Prepare to wait 15 minutes after the vaccination to be monitored by medical staff
  • If they have experienced an allergic reaction to medications before, they may not be eligible to receive the vaccination, or they may not be able to receive it at the physician clinic location
  • Patients must prepare to return 21 or 28 days later to receive the second shot that will complete the vaccination, dependent on the type of shot received – Pzifer or Moderna

For more information, contact the COVID-19 Hotline (228) 867-5000.