Madison County has state’s highest COVID-19 vaccination rate
Madison County has the state’s highest COVID-19 vaccination rate with 49% of the county’s population having received at least one dose of a vaccine and 45% of the population having received two doses, according to the Mississippi State Department of Health.
Among other counties throughout the state, only Jefferson County comes close to matching the percentage of vaccinated residents with 49% of Jefferson County residents having received at least one dose of a vaccine and 43% having received two doses.
Mississippi’s total vaccination percentage of all residents is only 31% so Madison and Jefferson counties’ vaccination rates are well above the state average.
Despite the high rate of vaccinations in Madison County, however, the county still has recorded 10,466 COVID-19 cases and 227 deaths since the pandemic began in March 2020.
Meanwhile, statewide cases in Mississippi are on the rise in recent days and state health officials attribute the rise to the delta variant of COVID-19, prompting MSDH officials recently to issue new recommendations:
“Mississippi is experiencing a significant rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. Numerous outbreaks have been identified in youth camps, faith-based gatherings, funerals and social events,” new recommendations issued by MSDH state. “Due to the rapid increase in delta variant cases and outbreaks, combined with the low overall vaccination rate in the state, MSDH is making the following recommendations through July 26, 2021.
“• All Mississippians 12 years of age and older should receive COVID-19 vaccination.
“• All those who are unvaccinated should wear a mask when indoors in public settings.
“• All Mississippi residents 65 years of age and older should avoid all indoor mass gatherings (regardless of vaccination status).
“• All Mississippi residents with chronic underlying medical conditions should avoid all indoor mass gatherings (regardless of vaccination status).”
On Wednesday, July 14, MSDH reported that the state recorded 641 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the state’s total to 199,114 confirmed cases with 125,958 probable cases for a total of 325,072 cases and 5,140 deaths with another 2,316 probable COVID-19 deaths for a total of 7,456 deaths in the state since the pandemic began in March 2020.