BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - This week Calhoun County and Etowah County started giving COVID-19 shots to people 75 years old and older, but it still looks like it may take a few more weeks before that happens in Jefferson County.
“When we talked to people when we first got the vaccine, there were limited doses. Now there is more that’s been coming into the county. There’s more Pfizer, more Moderna,” Dr. David Hicks with the Jefferson County Department of Health said.
The county has been instructed by the Alabama Department of Public Health to vaccinate healthcare workers who are most exposed to COVID-19 and COVID patients first and Jefferson County has a lot of healthcare workers.
“We absolutely know there is a large group of people 75 years and older waiting to get vaccinated. We have healthcare workers at high risk. At higher risk than that 75 year old that are still waiting to get their vaccine appointment,” Hicks said.
Hicks said the county has 43,000 people who are 75 years and older. One thing that would help with speed of the vaccination process is to get more vaccines and people to provide the shots.
“If somebody is willing to vaccinate. It doesn’t hurt to make a local phone call to your pharmacy or doctor’s office to lend a helping hand,” Hicks said.
The Jefferson County Department of Health has hired 20 temporary nurses and are looking to hire more to help with the process.
It’s still going to be spring or early summer for most people to get these shots. But those people 75 years and older should be coming up in a few weeks as more healthcare providers, pharmacies and getting ramped up to provide those vaccinations.