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DCH Health System has been chosen by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) to be one of the first facilities in Alabama to administer COVID-19 vaccines.

According to a Friday press release, DCH is planning to use the new 3,500 square-foot building to administer the vaccine.

"Due to its purpose-built construction, this building will allow drive through administration of vaccines in scheduled appointments to populations identified by the ADPH," the release read.

On Thursday, a group of panel experts recommended to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to issue an emergency use authorization for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. The release said that it may be a week or two for the vaccinations to arrive at the hospital.

"DCH will utilize prioritization recommendations from the CDC/ADPH for their administration. The first phase focuses on vaccinating front line healthcare staff and first responders," the release read.

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