1/21/21 - Vaccine Drive-through Experience | Inauguration Response | Book Club: Nancy Bristow
As Mississippians fill vaccination appointments throughout the state, we examine the health department’s drive through vaccine experience.
Then, Mississippi’s lone Congressional Democrat shares his thoughts on the inauguration of the 46th President.
Plus, in our Book Club, The Mississippi Historical Society’s “Best State History Book of the Year,” “Steeped in the Blood of Racism.”
Mississippians are rolling up their sleeves to get the coronavirus vaccine. Last week, state officials expanded vaccine eligibility to all residents 65 and over, and residents 18 and over with underlying health conditions.
The department of health is maintaining a number of drive-though sites across the state. In Pearl, department employees and members of the Mississippi National Guard are working together to administer the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. MPB's Kobee Vance talks with residents about their experience.
Following yesterday's inauguration and the swearing in of three new Senators, Democrats Democrats now occupy the White House and have majorities in the House and the Senate for the first time since 2008. Both President Joe Biden and VP Kamala Harris have served in Congress, and Mississippi's Bennie Thompson believes the relationships both have with current lawmakers can help bring on the unity President Biden called for during his inaugural address. The Democrat Representative tells our Desare Frazier yesterday was historic, and he is looking forward to solving the pressing challenges with the new administration.
Earlier this month, the Mississippi Historical Society announced it would award its annual “Best State History Book” to an author who wrote about the violence on Jackson State University’s campus at the hands of law enforcement officials in 1970. We revisit our conversation with Nancy K. Bristow about her book, “Steeped in the Blood of Racism.”