UPDATE: Mississippi State extends vaccine distribution criteria in accordance with Gov. Reeves’ announcement

Contact: Allison Matthews

STARKVILLE, Miss.—Mississippi State is expanding its recent announcement that the university plans to serve as a COVID-19 vaccination site and will administer a limited supply of Pfizer vaccines beginning Tuesday [March 16].

MSU’s initial supply of vaccines will be given to MSU employees as previously announced. But in accordance with today’s [March 15] update from Gov. Tate Reeves that all future vaccine shipments will be available for Mississippi adults of all age groups, MSU employees of any age are now eligible to schedule an appointment at https://covidvaccine.msstate.edu/ with their MSU NetID and NetPassword. Online registration is required.

The university hopes to receive additional vaccine doses in the coming days and weeks, at which time coordinators plan to include students in the campus vaccine distribution. All employees and students are encouraged to schedule an appointment for vaccination at available sites including:

Mississippi State Department of Health: http://covidvaccine.umc.edu/

Starkville Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/covidvaccine

Starkville Kroger: https://www.kroger.com/rx/covid-eligibility

OCH Regional Medical Center: https://www.och.org/covid/

The university is following MSDH guidance and will offer the vaccine at a drive-thru site in the parking lot behind the Longest Student Health Center. Due to the parking lot closure, permitted commuters and staff will be allowed to park in any resident or commuter zone while the lot behind the Longest Student Health Center is closed.

MSU employees who work or reside outside of Starkville may sign up for a vaccine on the Starkville campus or find a provider in their local area. Additional options may become available as more vaccines are provided.

Those receiving the vaccine will need to access the website again to schedule their second dose, which should be administered three to six weeks after the first. If available time slots for the second dose are not listed, please continue to check the site for additional appointments.

For questions about the MSU vaccine distribution, visit https://www.msstate.edu/covid19/vaccine/faq. To learn more about the Pfizer vaccine, visit https://www.fda.gov/media/144414/download.

MSU is Mississippi’s leading university, available online at https://www.msstate.edu/.