The Alabama Department of Public Health today announced plans to distribute and administer the COVID-19 vaccine, which may be available in limited quantities by the end of the year, according to the agency.
People at risk of serious illness and those most at risk of exposure, such as health-care workers and first-aiders, will be the first to be vaccinated, ADPH said.
The plan̵7;s purpose is to deliver a safe, effective, and approved vaccine to all who qualify, ADPH said in a press release.
“We want to assure the public that there will be an equitable distribution of vaccines to all Alabam people, especially vulnerable populations in rural and urban areas,” Officer State Health, said Dr. Scott Harris.
The ADPH says some of the vaccine products are in clinical trials and will be released after safety review and approval. The vaccine will be provided free of charge.
The plan includes a three-stage approach to the COVID-19 vaccination.
- During Stage 1, the dose of the vaccine may be limited to those at greatest risk and those at highest risk of exposure, including health care workers who have critical needs. key and first aid people.
- During Phase 2, large quantities of doses will be made available and supply likely to meet demand, ADPH said. An effort will be made to educate critical populations that are not vaccinated during Phase 1.
- In Phase 3, there is likely to be enough supply and all unvaccinated groups will be targeted, ADPH said. Communities with low vaccine coverage will receive special attention.
ADPH submitted an initial draft of this plan to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on October 16.
Read the 48 page plan.
ADPH is recruiting hospitals, pharmacies, clinics and other partners to store and administer vaccines for priority audiences.
More information on Alabama’s vaccine status and distribution plan.