HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - The Alabama department of Public Health (ADPH) announced their plans for a COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, and it is being made available to the public.
Officials with ADPH say the goal of the plan is to immunize everyone who is eligible to receive a safe, effective and approved COVID-19 vaccine.
The plan describes the allocation of vaccine to Alabamians once it becomes available, possibly before the end of 2020. The initial draft plan, developed in coordination with other state and local agencies, was submitted to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on October 16.
Aspects of the plan include a three-phased approach to COVID-19 vaccination, critical populations, provider recruitment and enrollment, and additional sections pertaining to the vaccine. These include storage and handling, documentation and reporting, second-dose reminders, regulatory considerations, vaccine safety and program monitoring.
- Phase 1: Potentially limited doses of vaccine will be available and they will be targeted to those at highest risk and highest risk of exposure, first responders and healthcare workers who care for those with critical needs.
- Phase 2: Large numbers of doses will be available, and supply is likely to meet demand. Educational efforts will target critical populations who were not vaccinated in Phase 1.
- Phase 3: There is likely to be a sufficient supply and all unvaccinated groups will be targeted. Special attention will be directed to populations or communities with low vaccine coverage.
Officials say several vaccine products are currently in clinical trials and will be released after their safety has been reviewed and approved by a panel of health experts. We’re told vaccines will be provided free of charge.
Those working with ADPH say they will ensure distribution of vaccination sites across the state, especially in rural counties and areas with high concentrations of people in vulnerable populations.
The complete plan may be viewed at alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-plan.pdf