More folks in Tuscaloosa now able to get coronavirus vaccination

DCH begins giving 2nd doses of vaccines

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - DCH Regional Medical Center is ready to give some people their final coronavirus vaccination.

“I got my second one on Friday. A number of other doctors and nurses have already gotten their second vaccination as well,” Dr. Blake Lovely said.

The hospital got an additional 2,925 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine last week. That allowed DCH to finish vaccinating hospital employees, physicians and first responders. Some of that will also go towards vaccinations for people 75 and older.

A registration process is scheduled to be announced this week. The hospital has already used up most of its first shipment of vaccine according to spokesman Andy North.

Though the process has been slow to some, the more people who are vaccinated the safer people in this community will become according to Lovely.

“After the first dose, you do get an immunity rate of about 55%. The second dose gets you about 95% immunity rate which is significantly more and means you have to vaccinate fewer people to get herd immunity,” said North.

People 75 and older will begin getting vaccinated from a new shipment of vaccine on January 18.

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