(WSIL)--Health care workers and people living in long term care facilities made up phase 1A of the vaccine distribution plan.
Now, the Egyptian health department is ready to go to phase 1B next week.
And other health departments are starting to get a clearer image of their vaccination timelines.
The Jackson County Health Department plans to start phase 1B of vaccinations soon and expects it to be completed by the end of February.
By his estimation, it is possible for the general population to start receiving the vaccine by April, if everything goes as planned.
But there are still plenty of steps to take to reduce the virus before getting the vaccine.
"People should continue to take all of the precautions that they've been taking for the last several months. So wearing a mask, social distancing, staying home if you're ill, limiting your gathering sizes, and getting tested if you're symptomatic," said Bart Hagston, a Jackson County Health Department Administrator.
The Jackson County Health Department has vaccinated about 2500 people so far with almost half of that number already having received their second dose.
For other health departments in our area, Jefferson County Health is vaccinating 1A personnel by appointment in their office.
Egyptian Health Care begins 1B of their vaccinations next week, but appointments are already booked until the week after.