COVID-19 vaccination appointments available for Alabamians 75 years along with First Responders

By  | January 9, 2021 | Filed under: News

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Please do not call your local hospital directly to set up appointments to be scheduled to receive your COVID-19 vaccine.  

We have learned that hospital switchboards are being overwhelmed with phone calls, which is creating an obstacle to patient care.  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.

While hospitals in a few areas of the state have begun vaccinating those 75 years of age and older, most are still working to make sure their frontline workers are vaccinated.  Additional information will be provided when hospitals and locations other than county health departments have vaccine available for additional groups.

Due to massive call volume, callers to the COVID-19 Vaccine Scheduling Hotline are encouraged to try their call again later if they get a busy signal.  

The hotline has received over 338,000 calls within the first few hours of operation.  We are rapidly adding staff to assist callers and appreciate your patience.

To schedule an appointment for the free COVID-19 vaccination at a county health department, individuals may call the ADPH toll-free phone number at 1-855-566-5333. Telephone calls are answered from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week. Vaccination locations can be viewed at this link, https://go.usa.gov/xARKp and additional specific information, such as what to bring and what to wear, will be provided when appointments are made.

If wanting to be vaccinated by a private provider, individuals should contact those sites directly.

Media Release/Karen Landers, M.D./ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH

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