Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Updated March 1, 2021

With COVID-19 vaccines now available, we need to continue to be vigilant to help slow the spread of the virus and protect ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. COVID-19 vaccination is an important tool to help us get back to our new routine. Many adults have medical conditions that will prevent them from getting the vaccine even if they want it. So, it's up to us to keep them protected by doing our part and getting the vaccine for them. Every shot counts.

Be Safe. Be Smart. Be Healthy.

Until the COVID-19 vaccine is widely available, there are steps you can take to protect yourself until you can get vaccinated. Mississippians should continue to wear face coverings in public settings, avoid contact with those that are sick, stay 6 feet away from others, avoid crowds and gatherings, regularly wash hands and stay in good overall health.

After getting vaccinated, continuing to social distance and wear face masks will prevent the spread of illness to others. Why? Because experts are still learning about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide in real-world conditions. So keep on masking and social distancing, you're doing the right thing.

Prepare to discuss the following with your Blue Primary Care Network Provider:

  • Where to receive the vaccination

  • What to expect at your vaccination appointment

  • Potential symptoms

  • Scheduling a visit for the second dose

Who can be vaccinated?

For the most up-to-date information regarding who is eligible for the vaccination, visit the Mississippi State Department of Health's (MSDH) website here.

Where can I go to get the vaccine?

How do I get the vaccine?

COVID-19 vaccinations in Mississippi are in high demand. You will need to schedule an appointment online or if your need assistance, call the Mississippi COVID-19 Hotline at 877-978-6453. It will be important to check the Mississippi State Department of Health’s website often for vaccination appointment availability. New appointments are added to the website regularly.

Use the button below to schedule an appointment for vaccination.


Schedule your COVID-19 vaccination online

Appointments are made available at MSDH drive-through sites based on the number of vaccines allocated to Mississippi each week by the federal government. Keep in mind, the number of vaccines Mississippi receives varies from week to week. This will impact appointment availability.

The Second Dose:

Like many childhood vaccines, getting both doses is crucial to the vaccine working. It's the same with the COVID-19 vaccine. The first shot starts to build immunity, the second shot ensures maximum protection. By getting both shots, we protect not only ourselves, but those around us.

The second Pfizer vaccine dose is due 21 days after the first dose and the second Moderna vaccine dose is due 28 days after the first dose.

According the MSDH and the CDC, there is a grace period for receiving your second dose. However, it is important to schedule your second dose as close to the recommended interval as possible.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines both require two doses and each of your doses must be the same. The two brands of vaccine are not interchangeable. This means if you receive the Pfizer vaccine for you first dose, you cannot receive the Moderna vaccine for your second dose. MSDH recommends scheduling your second vaccination dose online at the same location you received your first one to ensure you receive the same brand for each dose and for accurate record keeping.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a single dose and does not require you to receive a second dose.

Be Informed

Before considering vaccine information on the internet, be sure the information comes from a credible source and is updated on a regular basis. We suggest seeking guidance from these sources. While it’s a useful tool for researching health-related issues, the internet does not replace a discussion with your Blue Primary Care Network Provider.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a listing of facts concerning the COVID-19 vaccine which addresses common questions or misconceptions. You can read them here.

We value you and your health!

We will continue to monitor developments related to the vaccines as well as announcements regarding availability and distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine and communicate information as it becomes available.

Be Safe, be Smart, be Healthy!


Resources

COVID-19 Vaccination FAQ

Additional Information

MSDH COVID-19 Vaccination in Mississippi

FDA


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