Alabama’s plan closely follows recommendations given by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), but last week, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said states need to begin vaccinating people 65 and older.
The Jefferson County Health Department will be activate two vaccination sites Monday, January 18 to vaccinate anyone in phase 1a as well as all first responders including law enforcement personnel, firefighters, and volunteer fire & rescue personnel and all people age 75 and older.
The CDC continues to monitor for spread of COVID variants - which are essentially new forms of the COVID virus. They’re monitoring one in particular that’s already showing up in the U.S. and it’s considered more contagious.
Alabama Public Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said there was a reporting problem. Some vaccination records were kicked out by computers. The health department’s IT workers have been working on correcting the information all week.
Those who are 75 years or older can now come to the Anniston City Meeting Center until 3 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, and from 7a.m. to 3p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 and Thursday, January 7, 2021 to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
Health leaders with the University of California and Brown University theorized only administering a single dose of COVID-19 vaccines, instead of giving second doses, to allow more people to be vaccinated.
People in Tennessee and Florida are lining up for the COVID-19 shot after health officials in those states expanded vaccine eligibility. Now older populations in Alabama are waiting for their turn, but it could be a while.