Vaccines available to people 75 and older starting Jan. 18

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Vaccines available to people 75 and older starting Jan. 18

MORGAN CO., Ala. (WAFF) - The ICU at Decatur Morgan Hospital is full of COVID-19 patients.

Health officials are concerned about the rise in cases, and also are asking people to have some patience as the state rolls out vaccines to more people.

Decatur Morgan hospital is definitely starting to see the effects of the holidays and on top of that, they are short about 60 registered nurses.

But, starting Jan. 18, people older than 75 will be eligible to receive the vaccine at the health department and the hospital.

Judy Smith from the Alabama Department of Public Health says Morgan County has had 25 COVID deaths in January alone. The numbers continue to rise at the Decatur Morgan hospital. Case numbers currently stand at 87.

“We can’t undo what we’ve done you know two weeks ago but we can sure as squat take on from now,” Smith said.

You have to make an appointment for the vaccine by calling the ADPH or making a request on the Decatur Morgan Hospital website.

Phones have been ringing off the hook. Smith urges people to be patient.

“If you couldn’t get through the call center, don’t worry. We’re going to get you a vaccine. It may not be Monday or Tuesday but we’re going to get it,” Smith said.

Once you get your scheduled appointment, you will receive an immunization card with your second vaccine dose appointment date. Smith wants everyone in the public to be willing to receive this vaccine in order to get things back to normal as soon as possible.

“We’ve got to take care of our citizens. We will get there if we all try and get there together,” Smith said.

An order from the state health department is allowing EMT’s, nursing and pharmacy students and more along with RN’s to administer this vaccine to get it to as many people as possible.

Health officials are also urging people who have tested positive for COVID-19 to donate their blood to go towards monoclonal antibody treatments for those who qualify.

The phone number to call to schedule an appointment is 1-855-566-5333

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