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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi teachers and first responders will be eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine starting Monday, Gov. Tate Reeves announced Tuesday.

Vaccinations in Mississippi are currently available for people 65 and older, health care workers and those who are at least 16 and have health conditions that might make them more vulnerable to the virus.

Reeves said teachers and first responders put themselves at risk to support the community during the pandemic and deserve to be next in line.

Around 350,000 people in Mississippi have now received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine as of Tuesday, according to data from the state Department of Health.

Mississippi, a state with a population of around three million, has reported at least 291,000 cases of the virus and 6,577 related deaths since the start of the pandemic.

People eligible to receive the coronavirus vaccine can make an appointment at or by calling the COVID-19 call center at 1-877-978-6453.

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Jake Tapper Presses Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves On Whether 2020 Election Was Free And Fair

CNN anchor Jake Tapper pressed Republican Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves on whether the 2020 presidential election was “free and fair” during a Sunday morning “State of the Union” interview.

Calling former President Donald Trump’s contention that the election was stolen a “false and dangerous lie,” Tapper asked Reeves if he considers President Joe Biden the “legitimate, lawfully elected president of the United States.”


“President Biden is the president of the United States,” Reeves responded.

“But was he legitimately and lawfully elected?” Tapper pressed.

After expressing concern about mail-in voting and telling Tapper the practice isn’t allowed in Mississippi because of “opportunities for fraud and other things,” Reeves called Biden the “duly-elected president.”

“I hear you saying Joe Biden is the president. I do not hear you saying he was legitimately elected,” Tapper said. “This is a dangerous conspiracy theory that tens of millions of people believe and inspired a domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol. Yes or no. Do you accept that the 2020 presidential election was free and fair? Obviously, every election has some questions, but I’m talking about free and fair legitimately elected Joe Biden. Yes or no?”

“As you said, every election has some questions and this one was no different,” said Reeves before again calling Biden the “duly elected president of the United States.” (RELATED: Poll: Two-Thirds Of Republicans Believe Voter Fraud Helped Biden Win)

“That doesn’t mean that we don’t have bad laws on the books in other states,” the governor continued. “It’s just a fact.”

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