The best defense against coronavirus is the COVID-19 vaccine. Scroll to hear directly from Hattiesburgers about the importance of getting the vaccine, then learn more about how you can schedule your shot.

I got my vaccine for my child, for myself, for my family and for my community. As a good neighbor and good citizens – it's important for everyone to take this step. It's going to take all of us to make sure we're safe as a community.
Tonsa Vaughn, Assistant Superintendent of Academic Programs at Hattiesburg Public Schools
My own personal health situation made me want to ask the questions about whether it made sense to get the vaccine. I have great trust in my health care providers – both here at the Cancer Center and at the Mayo Clinic – so I asked all of the questions. I also have people that I'm surrounded by that I wanted to protect. So I did that. I asked the questions and then I made it a priority to get the vaccine.
Kent Oliver, Laughs 4 Life Founder


As we continue to see high case numbers, hospitalizations, ICU admissions and death in our community due to COVID-19, we encourage you to seek out valid vaccine information from a trusted physician – your physician.

  • Everyone 12 and older (Pfizer is the only vaccine currently approved for people age 12 to 17).
  • Third doses of Pfizer and Moderna now available for people with moderately to severely compromised immune systems.
  • ID, health insurance, and social security numbers are not required to get the vaccine.
  • The vaccine is FREE.

Vaccines are readily available throughout our community. To schedule an appointment with a local physicians office or pharmacy, see the links below.


Once you get your shot, let your friends and family know. If you find your friends and family are hesitant, encourage them to speak with a trusted physician.


In general, vaccines stimulate your immune system to produce antibodies. Antibodies are the cells in your body that fight infections and either keep you from getting sick or help you recover from being sick. Multiple vaccines have been developed to protect against COVID-19. The following vaccines have been issued Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA:


Type: mRNA
Dose: 2 doses 21 days apart
EUA Issued: Dec. 11, 2020
Full Approval Issued: Aug. 23, 2021 (for ages 16+)
Pfizer is currently the only vaccine approved for children 12 to 17 . It’s approved under the EUA status.

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Type: mRNA
Dose: 2 doses 28 days apart
EUA Issued: Dec. 18, 2020

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Johnson + Johnson

Type: Modified Adenovirus
Dose: 1 dose
EUA Issued: Feb. 27, 2021

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I lost someone in my family early-on to COVID-19. So, when it came time for me to be able to get it. I did. It was mine and my family's way to pay tribute to him, but also to protect my loved ones and my friends. As a student leader, it was also my way of leading from the front and helping our campus get back to being social, having classes in-person and more.
Lucas Williams, SGA President at Southern Miss
For me – getting the vaccine was an important step in protecting me and my loved ones from COVID-19. To make that decision, I leaned on my doctor because he's the one who went to medical school and understands the science behind infectious diseases and medical intervention. I have to trust the professionals who I trust with my life – in all situations. This one was no different.
Allison Neville, Live at Five Director


“Trust Your Doc. Get Your Shot!” is a shared community campaign between the City of Hattiesburg and its partners across health care, education, philanthropy and tourism.