HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - Distribution of the first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine have fallen behind 2020 goals, both nationally and in Alabama.
To date, roughly 20% of Alabama’s allotment has been distributed.
Doctor Williamson said the numbers aren’t doing as well as he was expecting but said things are going to get better.
Doctor Don Williamson with the Alabama Hospital Association said the lag is partly due to Christmas and New Year’s. He said not many people wanted to risk possible side effects during the holidays.
Alabama is currently in Phase 1-A for the Vaccine Allocation Distribution plan, meaning the majority of the available vaccines are going to front line health care workers or first responders at high risk of exposure.
Williamson understands other states have moved on to other phases of the plan but asks for grace. He said who is getting vaccinated varies state by state and each state has its own state issued guidelines.
“It is sort of like comparing apples to oranges to compare how Alabama is doing to Mississippi because we haven’t made the same decisions. It has not been as smooth of a process as we would have all liked, but I think our folks are doing a really good job in a very difficult situation.”
The front-line health care workers who received a vaccine in mid-December will start getting their second dose as soon as this week.
The Alabama Department of Public Health anticipates moving to Phase 2, which opens the vaccine to the general public, during the spring or summer.