ADPH announces additional groups eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting Jan. 18

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ALABAMA – The Alabama Department of Public Health has announced more people will soon be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Starting Monday, January 18, the vaccine will be administered to those 75 and older and first responders (including law enforcement and firefighters) by appointment only. However, this is not a move to phase 1b in Alabama’s COVID-19 vaccine plan.

Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis at certain providers statewide.

Appointments for vaccination at a county health department can be made by calling the ADPH toll-free hotline at (855) 566-5333. Calls are answered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. Participating providers can be viewed here.

Mobile County Health Officer Dr. Bert Eichold worked late at the health department on Friday, January 8, figuring out how they’ll get the vaccine out to people living in the county. He said, “We anticipate we can start as this process gets built out. It’s going to be 300 people a day for the first couple of days and then we’re going to expand as capacity allows.” 

He said there may be a slow start to vaccination, but it’s moving in the right direction. Dr. Eichold said, “Our first order that we requested vaccines we requested 10,000, we got 500… We were down to zero vaccines, but we recently got some and we will start, you know,  being able to vaccinate people in the community.” 

Additional information, such as what to bring and what to wear, will be provided when appointments are made.

Eichold said, “We do not want to be like in Florida where people are waiting in lines for hours and then not being able to get the vaccine.”

For those wanting to get vaccinated at a different site, they should contact the site directly.

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