Birmingham city leaders requesting briefing from county and state health officials on vaccine plan

Published: Dec. 1, 2020 at 10:55 PM CST
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - As the country races to approve a COVID-19 vaccine, Birmingham city leaders are wanting to put a plan together to distribute it once its available in Alabama.

City Council president William Parker is asking county and state health officials to brief them on distribution plans as well as answer vaccine-related questions from the public.

Parker believes Legion Field could serve as a primary distribution site for the vaccine seeing as its already serving as a testing site. Parker tells us leaders need to develop a plan to educate residents about the vaccine especially to people who may be reluctant to taking it once it’s widely available.

“A lot of people are unsure about the vaccinations and so we want to make sure that we have an on-going conversation about the vaccinations with medical experts but also allow Legion Field to play a role as we move forward,” Parker said.

As we reported last week, CARES Act money is running out for the Legion Field testing site so right now it’s unclear what the future holds there. We’re told talks with Alabama’s congressional leaders about it are on-going.

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