Alabama Department of Public Health Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility
An additional million residents will soon be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine following a Friday announcement from Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health.
Beginning Monday, February 8, frontline workers and those aged 65 and older will be eligible to receive the vaccine.
This new group of frontline workers now includes the following:
- First Responders
- Corrections Officers
- Teachers and other Education Employees
- Food and Agriculture Workers
- Grocery Store Workers
- Manufacturing Workers
- U.S. Postal Service Workers
- Judiciary (Judges, District Attorneys, Circuit Judges)
- Childcare Workers
The expansion of eligibility also includes those aged 65 and older..
Alabama has recently faced national scrutiny for its vaccine rollout, and to date 772,275 vaccines have been delivered to the state. The ADPH has used 148,549 doses of the Pfizer vaccine and 175,326 doses of the Moderna vaccine, putting the state's vaccine administration rate at about 42% of doses delivered.
“Alabama is expanding its guidance despite the limited vaccine in order to accelerate the vaccine uptake in our state,” Dr. Scott Harris said. “I want to reiterate that any remaining vaccines that have not been administered are either someone’s first dose and they are waiting on their appointment or they are waiting on their second dose. Any vaccine currently in the state has someone’s name on it.”
West Alabama residents may schedule a vaccination appointment at DCH Health System's remote vaccination clinic through its online portal HERE.
Vaccination appointments may also be made at county health departments through the ADPH's COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 1-855-566-5333. The list of ADPH vaccination providers can be found HERE.
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