About 20 Alcorn County residents took advantage on Saturday of an offer to receive $10 in exchange for a Covid-19 vaccine shot.

The Community Vaccination Clinic was held at the Corinth Housing Authority on Mitchell Street. Those receiving both doses were entered into a drawing to win $500. None of the funds came from taxpayer money.

“We had nine second shots out of 14,” Corinth Projects Coordinator Kim Ratliff said. Those who received their first shot on Saturday will receive reminder calls from Walgreens when it is time for their second shot.

Personnel from the Corinth store administered the Moderna and Pfizer shots.

“This is the only protection we have now against (Covid-19),” Walgreens Pharmacy manager Jonethan Morris said. “It is very important.”

Morris said vaccinations have increased.

“It’s picked up a lot recently with news of the Delta variant,” he said. “The in-store traffic is comparable to when we first started giving the vaccine. A lot of workplaces have started requiring employees to get the shot.”

Walgreens began giving the shots in March.

The first clinic was June 19.

“We want to end this pandemic,” Ward 4 Alderman J.C. Hill said at the time. “I don’t know why people are reluctant to get (the vaccine). We want to control it. We want to take the masks off, to shake hands, to hug each other.”

Mississippi ranks 50th in vaccinations, with 32 percent of residents fully vaccinated. Alcorn County has 25 percent of its residents fully vaccinated.

Staff Writer

Zack Steen was first hired in 1999 as a junior in high school to work in the Daily Corinthian design department. After several years away, he returned in 2014 as staff writer. He's married to the love of his life Brandy and they have 5 wonderful fur-kids.

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