Gov. Ivey announces that COVID-19 vaccine will be available for elderly, first responders

Gov. Ivey announces that COVID-19 vaccine will be available for elderly, first responders
People over the age of 75 are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine. (Source: WDAM)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WTVM) - Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has reported that the Alabama Department of Public Health will be providing COVID-19 vaccinations for the elderly, first responders and law enforcement.

Those 75 years old and older, first responders, law enforcement and firefighters will be able to make appointments to receive the vaccine beginning Jan. 18.

Nearly 350,000 Alabamians would qualify for a vaccine at 75 years old and older.

“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,” Governor Ivey said. “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...It is critical for everyone to remain patient; demand is high, and supply is low. ADPH and their partners are working around-the-clock to assist as many people as they can.”

ADPH is continuing to vaccinate more than 326,000 healthcare workers and nursing home residents most at-risk of contracting COVID-19.

Gov. Ivey’s office notes that this expansion is not a full rollout into the next of vaccine distribution.

The vaccine is being given by appointment only. To schedule an appointment for the free vaccination, contact ADPH at 1-855-566-5333.

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