ADPH: Some counties administering vaccine to people 75 and older

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Published: Jan. 7, 2021 at 10:26 AM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Even though Alabama remains in Phase 1a in the COVID-19 process, the Alabama Department of Public Health says some counties are able to intermittently administer the vaccine to people who are 75 and older.

ADPH said the ability to administer the vaccine to those in the 75 and over age group is “based upon uptake and saturation.”

According to ADPH, only people who are in the “very high-risk category” are eligible right now. This includes critical infrastructure workforce identified as “frontline health workers, including clinical and nonclinical workers in hospitals, nursing homes or those providing in-home or mental health care directly, and emergency medical service (EMS) providers.”

ADPH said decisions to move forward will continue to be made with input from public health district leadership to local county health departments.

“Each county and District works within the community to determine the coverage of persons in Phase 1a and how to serve the community while recognizing that vaccine demand is greater than supply,” ADPH said.

Last week, ADPH launched a new COVID-19 vaccine distribution dashboard that will provide details on the number of vaccines shipped to the state and how many have been dispensed.

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