Additional groups eligible for COVID-19 vaccine on January 18

COVID vaccine update

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WAFF) - The Alabama Department of Public Health announced Friday more people will be able to sign up for the COVID-19 vaccine this month.

Starting January 18, the vaccine can be administered to individuals 75 and older. Additionally, first responders may sign up for appointments as well.

The addition of these groups is not considered a move to the next phase of the vaccine rollout.

“I appreciate the swift work of ADPH to establish a system to efficiently provide our limited resources of vaccine to as many Alabamians as possible,” said Governor Ivey.

Vaccines will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis at certain providers throughout the state.

Appointments for vaccination at a county health department can be made by calling the ADPH toll-free hotline at 1-855-566-5333. Calls are answered from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. seven days a week. Participating providers can be viewed here.

ADPH also wants to advise people not to call your local hospital directly to set up vaccine appointments. Hospitals throughout Alabama are overwhelmed in providing care to both COVID-19 patients as well as responding to all other medical needs of our citizens.

Additional information will be provided when hospitals and locations other than county health departments have vaccine available for additional groups.

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