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Mississippi, 2nd State to Open COVID Vaccine to All Adults, Leads Nation in Those Who Don’t Want It

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Despite being the second state to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults, Mississippi has the lowest share of residents that say they plan to get a vaccine, according to a new poll.

The poll is the latest U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse survey and found that 24.3 percent of Mississippi residents saying they are likely to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. This survey was conducted from March 3 to March 15.

The 24.3 percent found in Mississippi is the lowest percent of any state’s residents that say they plan to get a vaccine, according to the survey. The poll shows that Wyoming and North Dakota also have a low percentage of residents that plan to be vaccinated with 26.8 percent and 28.1 percent respectively.

According to the poll, several other states, including Montana, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Idaho and Alaska, all have below 40 percent of residents who say they’ll receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Boxes containing the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are prepared to be shipped at the McKesson distribution center in Olive Branch, Mississippi, on December 20, 2020. A U.S. Census Bureau Household Pulse survey found that 24.3 percent of Mississippi residents saying they are likely to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
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While the 24.3 percent found in Mississippi was the lowest across all states, it is also a decrease of residents that say they are likely to receive a vaccine from previous weeks. According to the poll, from February 17 to March 1, 35.2 percent of Mississippians said they are likely to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

On the other hand, states such as Vermont, Washington, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maine and Connecticut have some of the highest percentages of residents that say they are likely to be vaccinated, all with more than 62 percent.

The poll’s findings come as states across the nation have expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility, including Mississippi which was the second state to do so.

On March 15, Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves announced that beginning on March 16, all residents over the age of 16 will be eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Alaska was the first state to expand COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all adults on March 9.

“Starting tomorrow, ALL new appointments will be open to ALL Mississippians. Get your shot friends—and let’s get back to normal!” Reeves wrote in a tweet on March 15.

Almost 10,000 appointments available statewide over next 3 weeks. If you’re over 50, lock them down TODAY!

Starting tomorrow, ALL new appointments will be open to ALL Mississippians. Get your shot friends – and let’s get back to normal!

— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 15, 2021

Mississippi was also the second state to remove its mask mandate and lift most COVID-19 restrictions. While the decision was criticized by many, including President Joe Biden, the state has seen a drop in COVID-19 cases, as data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show them averaging around 231 daily cases as of Monday. In comparison, at the start of the month, they were averaging around 581 daily cases.

According to data from the Mississippi State Department of Health, more than 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state, with at least 456,695 residents fully vaccinated.

The Liberty Buzz reached out to the Mississippi Department of Health for comment but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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