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Brookhaven gets a second vaccine site

The vaccination effort is in full force, as Wal-Mart in Brookhaven has been designated a vaccination site.

On Tuesday, the Mississippi Department of Health announced select Wal-Marts around the state would be authorized to adminster the coronavirus vaccine. Brookhaven’s Wal-Mart was included in the list.

Since the vaccine became available, King’s Daughters Medical Center had been the only vaccination site in Lincoln County.

Emergency Management Director Clifford Galey has been working with the Mississippi Department of Health to designate the Lincoln County Health Department as a vaccination site, but he hasn’t had much luck.

Galey said he doesn’t think the health department will receive the authorization at this time.

“It looks like the hospital will be our only avenue,” Galey said. “I haven’t heard anything from the health department. If they’re looking at a site, I haven’t heard.”

Galey advises residents to watch for updates from KDMC regarding COVID-19 vaccines.

“If you need a vaccine, then you’ll need to call the hospital,” Galey said.

For anyone who is able to travel outside of the county, vaccination sites are available in Pike and Hinds counties. Appointments can be made on www.msdh.com.