As of Friday, only 33 percent of the people in Coahoma County are fully vaccinated and safe from COVID-19.
With the county and local healthcare providers offering the shots for free, state medical personnel are shaking their heads about why the remaining 70-percent won’t get the immunized against a disease that has infected 3,140 people and killed 85 in Coahoma County.
The disease dropped dramatically beginning in January and Coahoma county reported its first week with no new cases on Sunday, May 9. Coahoma County reported a high of five deaths the first week in January.
As the vaccine became more available to the public the fear of COVID seemed to drop.
The community has only seen three deaths from COVID-19 since the first of May.
But state and federal health authorities continue to warn of a resurgence in the disease.
The vaccines that came out this year are also effective against the new Delta Variant of COVID.
At this point 37-percent of Coahoma County have received one of the required two doses of vaccine.
State numbers show 20 percent of adults ages 18-24 and only 24-percent of adults ages 25-39 have received both shots. The numbers are even lower for African Americans, the poor and elderly, who are being hit hardest by the disease.