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Alabama could lose COVID vaccine doses due to low demand


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced on Tuesday the state’s doses of the COVID-19 vaccines could be sent to other states if there is diminishing demand.

On Tuesday, the federal government announced on the Governors’ Only Call with the White House that states with a diminishing demand for vaccines may have their doses shifted to states with a higher demand.

“Y’all, we want shots in the arms and off the shelf,” said Gov. Ivey. “If you have not made it a priority to schedule a vaccine, I encourage you to go get the shot as soon as you are able. If you are hesitant to get the COVID-19 vaccine, please speak to a physician you trust and ask if he or she would recommend it for you. If we don’t use it, we could lose it. This is our ticket back to normal. The vaccine is free and could possibly save your life.”

As of now, Ivey’s office said it has not been notified of any of Alabama’s doses being shifted.

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris is also encouraging every eligible person to get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible.

“Get vaccinated at your earliest opportunity,” Harris said. “COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective in preventing severe illness and death from COVID-19, and there is no charge for anyone, regardless of insurance status. Make vaccination a priority for your family, your community and yourself.If you have questions about whether you should be vaccinated, please ask your own doctor or personal healthcare provider.”

President Joe Biden has set a new vaccination goal to deliver at least one dose to 70% of adult Americans by July 4 as the administration pushes to make it easier for people to get shots and to bring the country closer to normalcy.

This story via WVTM 13.

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