Health, state leaders ask for patience on COVID-19 vaccine

Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 1:14 PM CST
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - State Health Officer Scott Harris says the state does not have the supply to meet the demand for the COVID-19 vaccine.

“We know everybody who needs one is going to get one sometime but it’s just not there yet,” Harris said.

There are 40,000 to 50,000 shots are being administered a week. Around 88,000 doses have been given from the 270,000 that has been allotted so far.

State leaders are asking residents to remain patient.

“I want my constituents to know that we are very much in the midst of this pandemic still and while help is on the way, you got to inform yourself about these vaccines so you can make decision for yourself and your family members,” Alabama 7th District Rep. Terri Sewell said.

According to Dr. Anthony Fauci, 75 to 80% of U.S. citizens will have to get vaccinated before the country can reach some level of protection.

To help get there, Jefferson County Deputy Health Officer David Hicks is encouraging residents not to wait, to sign up when the vaccine becomes available for their age group.

“You can wait if you want but the question you have to think about is the longer you wait, the more people waiting for a shot in line as we open this up, you don’t want to waste your turn as priority and be lumped in,” Hicks said.

“We need shots in the arms and not on the self. Please avail yourself of this free opportunity that will protect you and your love ones,” Gov. Kay Ivey said.

Hicks says Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca are in development in offering one-dose vaccinations in the coming months, but he and other health officials are advising people not to wait for that dose if you’re next on the list.

He says the longer you wait to get vaccinated, you could get COVID-19 or pass it to a loved one.

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