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Alabama releases map of vaccination locations – AL.com

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Jan 20, 2021

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) released a map of locations in Alabama where vaccines have been distributed as the state begins its push to reach residents age 75 and older.

Alabama’s vaccination campaign got off to a slow start in December and the first half of January, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. After initially offering the vaccine only to health care workers, state guidelines widened on Monday to include people age 75 and older.

ADPH created a hotline for those interested in getting the vaccines. But the line was quickly overwhelmed as callers reported multiple busy signals and long wait times. The department has promised to create an online sign up portal but hasn’t yet launched it.

See the ADPH vaccine distribution map here

The department’s map does not include hospitals. Some hospitals are still focusing on getting vaccines to health care workers, but others have offered vaccines to community members who fall into the state’s eligibility criteria. A list of hospitals and health departments offering vaccine doses is available here.

According to ADPH, providers have administered 158,116 out of 446,150 the state has received, or a little more than a third. State authorities said supply remains limited and will not cover all of those eligible to receive the vaccine.

ADPH disputed the CDC’s ranking of Alabama as the slowest state for vaccine rollout.

“As you know, Alabama’s numbers of vaccines administered are discordant from the CDC numbers as some vaccine numbers were not being captured by the electronic system,” said Area Health Officer Dr. Karen Landers. “This has been and is being corrected to ensure that Alabama receives credit for every dose administered in our state.”

The Trump administration has threatened to withhold vaccine doses from the slowest states. Outgoing Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar has been critical of states that have been slow to vaccinate.

“We would much rather see states move as quickly as possible and use every possible avenue to meet demand, as places like Florida are trying to do, then leave vaccines sitting in freezers,” Azar said. “It would be much better to move quickly and end up vaccinating some lower-priority people than to let vaccines sit around while states try to micromanage this process. Faster administration could save lives right now, which means we cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good.”

The Biden administration has unveiled its plan for vaccine distribution, which is unlikely to penalize states struggling to distribute doses.

 

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