Vaccines for the COVID-19 virus will be issued to first responders and residents of ages 75 and older by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Jan. 18.
“I appreciate the swift work of ADPH to establish a system to efficiently provide our limited resources of vaccine to as many Alabamians as possible,” Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said in a press release.
According to the release, more than 326,000 health care workers and nursing home residents are being vaccinated due to them being the most at risk for contracting the virus.
Now first responders and senior citizens of ages 75 and up are being encouraged to receive the vaccine although the release specified that these groups are "not a full expansion into the next phase of the vaccine rollout."
“We have previously worked to provide vaccines to our health care workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic, and now, are diligently working to expand access to our seniors, law enforcement officers and various members of our first responders," Ivey says.
The ADPH's press release says that almost 350,000 people in Alabama qualify for the vaccine at 75 years old or older.
To make an appointment to receive a vaccine at a county health department location, call the ADPH toll-free phone number at 1-855-566-5333 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Monday through Sunday.