ADPH announces additional groups eligible for COVID-19 vaccines starting Jan. 18

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Syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

ALABAMA – The Alabama Department of Public Health has announced more people will soon be able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

Starting Monday, January 18, the vaccine will be administered to those 75 and older and first responders (including law enforcement and firefighters) by appointment only. However, this is not a move to phase 1b in Alabama’s COVID-19 vaccine plan.

Appointments will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis at certain providers statewide.

Appointments for vaccination at a county health department can be made by calling the ADPH toll-free hotline at (855) 566-5333. Calls are answered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week.

Health officials said they were adding staff to answer phones and urged people who get a busy signal when calling the hotline call back later. By 1:30 p.m. Friday, officials said the line had already received 338,000 calls.

Additional information, such as what to bring and what to wear, will be provided when appointments are made.

Please do not call your local hospital directly to set up appointments to be scheduled to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.  

Hospital switchboards are being overwhelmed with phone calls, which is creating an obstacle to patient care. Hospitals throughout Alabama are overwhelmed in providing care to both COVID-19 patients as well as responding to all other medical needs of our citizens.

Please continue to call the ADPH hotline.

*You can also visit Huntsville Hospital and fill out a form to be put on the waiting list for the vaccine.

*Crestwood Medical Center is currently not taking appointments for vaccinations. They are not sure that will still have vaccines on January 18.

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