Older Alabamians may have to wait a while before they can get a COVID-19 vaccine

When will seniors get the vaccine?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - People in Tennessee and Florida are lining up for the COVID-19 vaccine after health officials in those states expanded vaccine eligibility.

Now older populations in Alabama are waiting for their turn, but it could be a while.

District Medical Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health, Dr. Karen Landers, said Alabama is working through the guidance provided by the Advisory Committee On Immunization Practices (ACIP), and that’s what ADPH is basing its vaccine administration on.

Dr. Landers said right now, the department is actively engaged in Phase 1A, which includes healthcare workers.

People living in long-term care facilities are also being vaccinated through the Federal Partnership for Long-Term Care for COVID Vaccine.

Dr. Landers said those groups are the state’s top priority right now, but that could change in the coming days.

“We’re looking at our data and once we feel that we have addressed the categories within Phase 1A, in other words healthcare workers as I mentioned earlier, then we will consider a subset moving forward into additional groups,” Dr. Landers explained.

Dr. Landers couldn’t give an exact timeline for when more people could get a vaccine.

But ADPH maintains that it will likely be late spring or early summer before the general public can get the shot, and that will be based on vaccine supply.

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