Gov. Tate Reeves on Tuesday announced that teachers and first responders will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine beginning March 1. 

People can make their appointments by calling 1-877-978-6453 or visiting www.covidvaccine.umc.edu

Reeves said on Tuesday that more than 500,000 Mississippians have received their vaccines, which includes 350,000 first doses. 

State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said that although overall number of cases and deaths are in decline, he encourages everyone to get the vaccine when available to them and continue to wear a mask and avoid large gatherings. 

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