MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Hundreds lined up Monday morning to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Montgomery.
Montgomery officials say over 500 COVID-19 vaccines were administered in just the first two and a half hours.
Because of the demand, EMA Director Christina Thornton says the clinic will give 2,000 vaccinations on Monday after Baptist Health provided additional doses.
The city is hosting the weeklong drive-thru vaccine clinic. Currently, 1,000 doses are expected to be administered each day the rest of the week.
The new prioritization for vaccination includes a large group, persons age 65 and above and the following:
- Health care workers
- First responders including EMS, firefighters and law enforcement
- Frontline essential workers
Frontline essential workers include:
- Corrections officers
- Food and agriculture workers
- U.S. Postal Service workers
- Manufacturing workers
- Grocery store workers
- Public transit workers
- People who work in the education sector
- Childcare workers
According to Montgomery police, there are traffic delays on McGehee Road and East South Boulevard due to the clinic. The department is asking motorists to consider an alternate route.
The clinic will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day on a first come, first served basis.
People are encouraged to check the Montgomery EMA Facebook page for updates regarding the clinic throughout the day.
A drive-thru clinic is also being held in Selma.
There still are not enough doses to extend the drive-through clinics past this Friday.
The doses being used this week will likely deplete the state’s current supply, but State Health Officer Scott Harris says the clinics are helping to speed up the overall vaccine rollout.
“We now can see if you look at our online vaccine dashboard we’ve given well over one hundred thousand doses for three straight weeks, and we will absolutely do that as well,” Harris said.
The vaccine is also available at county health departments, but many counties are no longer offering first doses of the vaccine and currently only administering the second dose.
ADPH is asking everyone to remain patient.