BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Everyone age 16 and older is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Alabama.
The Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals age 16 and up, and the Moderna vaccine is available to individuals 18 years of age and older.
Alabama has temporarily paused Johnson and Johnson vaccinations as the CDC and FDA investigate reports of potentially dangerous blood clots.
“I have committed to the people of Alabama that we are on a path forward, and while there is more work to be done, I remain hopeful and optimistic in where we are going. Recent findings from the CDC show preliminary data suggesting that vaccinated individuals do not appear to be spreading the virus, so that is hopeful, underscores the effectiveness of the vaccine and is yet another reason to get the shot,” Governor Ivey said. “Truly, this vaccine is our ticket back to normal life. We are so close to getting COVID-19 in the rearview, and until then, we should all keep wearing our masks, get vaccinated and use the common sense the good Lord gave us.”
With the latest vaccine rollout expansion, nearly 4 million people are now eligible in the state of Alabama. Currently, the state receives approximately 115,000 first doses each week.
“In the initial phases of our vaccine allocation plan, we have given just over 1.7 million shots. These shots have gone to more than 1.1 million Alabamians most at risk of illness and death due to COVID-19,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. “As progress has been made, equitable vaccine distribution has been and remains a driving force in immunizing state residents. The increased supply of safe and effective vaccines means all adults who wish to be vaccinated are now eligible to receive the protection vaccines offer.”
As of April 12, more than 2 million doses have been administered in the state.
Alabama vaccine providers can be found within the Alabama COVID-19 Dashboard Hub. For general information about COVID 19, call 1-800-270-7268.
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