Health providers and hospital staffers recently received the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine given in Alcorn County.

The shots are the first of two doses of the Moderna vaccination. MRHC received 700 doses in their first shipment last week.

While encouraged, MRHC is not requiring employees take the vaccination. Hospital leaders questioned staffers for interest on receiving the vaccination and it was given based on the potential of high risk exposure among staff. All employees working in particular “high risk” areas were provided the vaccination first as they were available. The vaccine has an efficacy rate of 94.5 percent.

“We are confident these doses of vaccines will be impactful in protecting our frontline staff members, allowing them to continue to battle the virus and provide outstanding care for the patients of our region,” said MRHC CEO Jim Hobson. “I’m proud of the work done quickly and diligently by our staff to prepare for this moment.”

MRHC said information regarding doses intended for the community will be released soon.

MRHC is currently treating 18 patients for COVID-19.

So far the hospital has tested over 9,000 people for the virus and has confirmed almost 1,500 positive cases.

According to the state health department, Alcorn County has reported 2,096 cases and 40 deaths. There has also been 120 local nursing home cases resulting in 18 deaths.

The state health officer, Dr. Thomas Dobbs, has implored people to avoid large gatherings during the holidays as coronavirus case numbers continue to grow.

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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