The community vaccination clinics are branching out to two locations this weekend in an effort to add more immunity to Covid-19.

The effort has now reached 144 people – 89 at a recent event held downtown at Commerce Bank and 55 at smaller-scale events in South Corinth.

“Every little bit counts,” said the City of Corinth’s Kim Ratliff, who is coordinating the Saturday clinics on behalf of the city with various community supporters, Coca-Cola and AT&T.

The locations are the parking lot of the Open Market behind the old Pizza Hut on Highway 72 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the parking lot near Hometown Pizza on East Shiloh Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Medical Plaza staff will give shots at the Highway 72 location, and Gunn Drug Co. staff will give shots at the East Shiloh Road location.

Coca-Cola will provide drinks and AT&T will have giveaways. First United Methodist Church will serve hot dogs at the Highway 72 location from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Crosswind Ministries will provide a slice of pizza and a drink form Hometown Pizza for those vaccinated at the East Shiloh Road location.

Free shots for people 12 and older will be provided at both locations. Medical Plaza will have the Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson vaccines. Gunn Drug will offer those as well as the Moderna vaccine.

Ratliff hopes to get in two or three more clinics before the weather gets colder.

“I want to see the community as a whole and, particularly, the minority community step up and participate in this,” he said, “because everyone is subject to this sickness, and I want people to stop being afraid of the vaccines.”

While the Delta surge has fueled an increase in the number of Mississippians getting vaccinated, “We don’t have near enough people in the state who are immune either because of natural infection or because of vaccination to keep us from having additional surges or to keep us from having additional outbreaks,” State Health Officer Thomas Dobbs said during Wednesday’s weekly Covid press conference.

The vast majority of cases, hospitalizations and deaths are among those who are unvaccinated, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.

A representative of the Delta Health Alliance Mississippi River Project will be distributing educational information about the vaccines on Saturday.

Staff Writer

Jebb Johnston is a 1991 Alcorn Central High School graduate and a 1995 Ole Miss journalism graduate. His primary beats are city and county government.

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