Qualifying for COVID-19 Vaccination
Mississippians Ages 5 and Older Are Eligible for Vaccination
If you are 5 or older, you can be vaccinated at any of our free vaccination sites at no cost, or at a local vaccination provider such as a doctor's office or pharmacy. (A parent or guardian must accompany minors to their vaccination.)
COVID-19 vaccinations are provided to Mississippi residents only, or to out-of-state residents who work in Mississippi.
If you have had severe reactions from previous vaccines or injectable medications, please consult with your doctor or a private medical provider about vaccination, rather than visiting an MSDH vaccination site.
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.
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.
- 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.