MississippiCare Oversees Contextual Vaccination Site and Provides Quality Care in Oxford – The Oxford Eagle
MississippiCare of Oxford is overseeing a pop-up vaccination site at Larson’s CashSaver from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, September 3.
MississippiCare said on Wednesday they would only administer the Moderna vaccine and only the initial and secondary doses; no reminder will be administered at this time.
Oxford’s MississippiCare and Pontotoc doctor Dr Terri Teague said Tuesday’s pop-up vaccination site at the Old Armory Pavilion was a great example of the community, especially medical professionals, working together to fight COVID.
“Ole Miss had a lot of students to test and they were full.” she said. “So some of the other clinics in Oxford were trying to help and we ended up seeing some of these patients yesterday. Of course, it was upsetting, but it was nice to see us come together as a community and do what needed to be done. “
The most recent wave of COVID-19 cases has strained Mississippi’s healthcare system, and healthcare providers statewide are feeling fatigue.
Teague is hoping that the maximum number of cases and hospitalizations has been reached or will peak soon, so that the healthcare system can recover from the immense pressure it is under.
“We are seeing a considerable increase in the volume [of COVID patients] in addition to caring for our regular patients with chronic illnesses, ”said Teague. “We probably have 10 to 15 walk-in visits per day at each clinic. “
Teague was worried about the kids going back to school for the fall. She said Mississippi Care has seen children come in for testing, but luckily all of them had mild symptoms or were asymptomatic.
For the week of August 22, the Lafayette County School District reported that approximately 4 staff members test positive for COVID, 55 students test COVID positive, 616 students and 11 teachers are quarantined.
In the same week, the Oxford School District reported that at least 2 teachers were infected with COVID-19, around 40 student cases of COVID-19, 260 students and around 20 staff are quarantined.
Echoing many other health officials and doctors, Teague advises the public to wear masks and get vaccinated, but she also addresses concerns that may prevent some people from seeking a vaccine. The solution to their worries is to go to a professional.
“I think the most important thing people can do is ask their doctor if there is any confusion,” Teague said. “Please talk to your family doctor or other doctor, for example having a conversation with your neighbor if she is a nurse practitioner. I think most medical professionals would be willing to clear up the misinformation. “
MississippiCare is a federally licensed health center, which means community health care providers receive funding from the HRSA Health Center program to provide primary care services in underserved areas.
MississippiCare accepts all forms of insurance and care for uninsured patients.
“We just want to help people get through the pandemic,” Teague said. “We would love to have the chance to help and offer all of our services to the community.
MississippiCare is a non-profit organization with offices in Oxford and Pontotoc. A list of services they offer include general and family care; behavioral health medicine; chronic care; prenatal and geriatric to name a few.
For more information about MississippiCare, the contextual immunization site, or the services they offer, visit www.arcare.net or call 662-234-6553.