Vaccination, Boosters, Third doses, and Free Local County Health Provider Locations

May 21, 2022

Who Should Be Vaccinated

  • Persons aged 5 and older can receive COVID-19 vaccines. Booster and third doses are available for qualifying adults 18 and older. More about boosters and third doses »
  • Pregnant women, lactating women and those who are immunocompromised may take the vaccine; however, consultation with your healthcare provider is recommended.
  • You can be vaccinated if you have tested positive for COVID-19 if you wait until your isolation period is over and your symptoms have significantly improved.

Who Should Not Be Vaccinated

  • You should not receive COVID-19 vaccine if you have had severe reactions from previous vaccines or injectable medications.

Getting Vaccinated

Finding a Vaccination

Vaccinations are widely available around the state at pharmacies, hospitals and private physicians' clinics. Mississippians can also be vaccinated at any county health department.

After Vaccination

  • Side effects: Large-scale testing of COVID-19 vaccines has found a very low rate of serious reactions to vaccination. Like most vaccines, you should expect some soreness and fatigue for up to a day after vaccination, a sign that the body is developing a proper immune response.
  • Second doses: Two vaccinations, several weeks apart are be required for full effectiveness with Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. Read more »

Vaccination Records and Certificates

MSDH does not provide replacement vaccination cards, but our MyIR online service lets you view your immunization records, including records of COVID-19 vaccinations, and print them if needed.

Mississippi Certificates of COVID-19 Vaccination are also available through MyIR.

To get started, register with MyIR.

If you find errors in your vaccination record, contact the MSDH Immunization Office about corrections: 601-576-7751

Your Second Dose

  • Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses. Both doses of vaccine are necessary to be fully protected against COVID-19.
  • If you receive the Pfizer vaccine, you should return 3 to 6 weeks later for your second dose. If you receive the Moderna vaccine, you should return 4 to 6 weeks later for your second dose.
  • You must make a separate appointment for your second dose vaccination; it is not done automatically. Look for information on scheduling your second dose in the confirmation e-mail you get for your first vaccination appointment. If you have already had your first vaccination, look for a reminder e-mail with instructions on making your second dose appointment. If you need assistance with making a second dose appointment, call the COVID-19 Hotline at 877-978-6453.
  • You will receive a text message reminder about your second vaccination as time for your second dose approaches. You can also set a reminder with the v-safe app for your smartphone.
  • Please bring the vaccination card you received at your first dose to your second dose vaccination.
  • If possible, schedule your second vaccination at the same location you received your first dose.

Booster Shots and Third Vaccination Doses

An additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine can provide added protection if you have a medical condition that affects your immune system, or if immunity from your initial vaccination has decreased over time.

All adults 18 and older are eligible for booster doses of vaccine to help improve immunity in case your vaccination effectiveness has decreased over time.

More Information

For Vaccination Providers

Additional COVID-19 vaccine doses can improve protection against COVID-19 for older adults, those with certain medical conditions, and other groups at higher risk.

Booster Vaccinations

Adults 18 and over and children 12-17 years old may be eligible for COVID-19 vaccine booster doses.

Boosters are especially recommended for those who are 65 or older, or with ongoing medical problems.

First Booster

Pfizer and Moderna

You are eligible for a first booster dose if it has been at least five months since your second vaccination of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, and meet the age requirements below:

  • If you are at least 18, you are eligible for a first booster dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • If you are 12-17 years old, you are eligible for a first booster dose of Pfizer vaccine.

Johnson & Johnson

If you were vaccinated with Johnson & Johnson (Janssen) vaccine at least two months ago and you are 18 or older, you are eligible for a first booster dose of any authorized vaccine.

Second booster

You are eligible for a second booster dose if it has been at least four monthssince your first booster dose of any authorized vaccine, and meet the requirements below:

  • If you are at least 50 years old, you are eligible for a second booster dose of either Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.
  • If you are 12 or older and have a weakened immune system, you are eligible for a second booster dose of Pfizer vaccine.
  • If you are 18 or older and have a weakened immune system, you are eligible for a second booster dose of Moderna vaccine.

Getting a Booster Dose

  • Check with your doctor, a pharmacy, or other vaccination provider about getting a COVID-19 booster dose. Find a vaccination provider »
  • First and second booster doses are also available at county health departments. Use the online scheduler below, or call the Mississippi COVID-19 Hotline at 877-978-6453 for assistance.

Schedule a booster dose

Third Vaccine Doses

A third dose of COVID-19 vaccine can provide added protection if you have a medical condition that affects your immune system and you are at high risk for developing more serious illness from COVID-19.

Third vaccine doses are available only for those who received Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, and whose last shot was at least 4 weeks ago.

Qualifying Conditions

You qualify for a third dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine if you:

  • Have been receiving active cancer treatment for tumors or cancers of the blood
  • Received an organ transplant and are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Received a stem cell transplant within the last 2 years or are taking medicine to suppress the immune system
  • Have moderate or severe primary immunodeficiency (such as DiGeorge syndrome, Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome)
  • Have advanced or untreated HIV infection
  • Are receiving active treatment with high-dose steroids or other drugs that may suppress your immune response
  • Have any other medical condition that your provider says will limit your immune response

Getting a Third Dose

You can schedule an additional vaccination dose at a county health department or through your doctor or regular health care provider.

  • Schedule a third dose appointment at a county health department
    You'll be asked questions about qualifying for additional vaccination and be able to select a county health department for an appointment.

Schedule a third dose appointment

  • Consult your doctor or a health care provider. They can evaluate your health status and determine whether you need an additional vaccination dose. If you do, they will provide the vaccination.

Free Vaccinations from MSDH

Homebound? If you are homebound and need assistance getting your COVID-19 vaccination, send e-mail to COVIDHomebound@msdh.ms.gov or call 877-978-6453.

MSDH provides free vaccinations at county health departments and special community locations for anyone 5 years of age or older. (A parent or guardian must accompany minors to their vaccination.). Call the Mississippi COVID-19 Hotline at (877) 978-6453 for appointment assistance. No documentation or identification is required.

Please schedule a vaccination ahead of time at county health departments.

When you arrive, expect vaccination and related paperwork to take about 10 minutes. We also have a 15-minute observation period after vaccination.

Free Local County Health Department Vaccination Providers:

Attala County

Attala County Health Department

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999 Martin Luther King Drive
Kosciusko MS 39090
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Open: Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 662-289-2351

Some services may require an appointment.
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis.

Family Planning Services: Please call before you visit.

Bolivar County

Bolivar County Health Department

711 Third Street
Cleveland, MS 38732
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Open: Tuesday–Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 662-843-2706

Some services may require an appointment.
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis.

Family Planning Services: Please call before you visit.

Carroll County

Carroll County Health Department

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7225 Hwy 17
Carrolton, MS 38947
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Open: Tuesday and Thursday
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 662-237-9224

Some services may require an appointment.
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis.

Family Planning Services: Please call before you visit.

Holmes County

Holmes County Health Department

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22545 Depot St
Lexington, MS 39095
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Open: Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 662-834-3142

Some services may require an appointment.
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis.

Family Planning Services: Please call before you visit.

Humphreys County

Humphreys County Health Department

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16463 Hwy 49 N
Belzoni, MS 39038
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Open: Monday and Wednesday
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Phone: 662-247-1861

Some services may require an appointment.
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis.

Family Planning Services: Please call before you visit.

Leflore County

Leflore County Health Department

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2600 Browning Road
Greenwood, MS 38930
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Open: Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 662-453-0284

Some services may require an appointment.
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis.

Family Planning Services: Please call before you visit.

Montgomery County

Montgomery County Health Department

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707 Alberta Drive
Winona, MS 38967
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Open: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
Closed on Thursdays
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 662-283-3655

Some services may require an appointment.
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis.

Family Planning Services: Please call before you visit.

Sunflower County

Sunflower County Health Department

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227 Martin Luther King Drive
Indianola MS 38751
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Open: Monday–Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 662-887-4951

Some services may require an appointment.
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis.

Family Planning Services: Please call before you visit.

Ruleville Clinic

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110 East Floyce Street
Ruleville, MS 38771
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Open: Fridays only
8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Phone: 662-756-4881

Some services may require an appointment.
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis.

Family Planning Services: Please call before you visit.

Washington County

Washington County Health Department

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1633 Hospital Street
Greenville, MS 38701
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Open: Monday–Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 662-332-8177

Some services may require an appointment.
Walk-ins accepted on a limited basis.

Family Planning Services: Please call before you visit.