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COVID-19 vaccine could be available to some Alabamians as early as mid-December

(WPMI) COVID-19 vaccine could be available to some Alabamians as early as mid-December
(WPMI) COVID-19 vaccine could be available to some Alabamians as early as mid-December

Alabama Health Officer, Dr. Scott Harris is hoping Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine will interrupt the disease transmission in the state. The Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committee is expected to approve the drug during its meeting on December 10th.

The State will initially receive 975 doses. It must be shopped and kept at minus 80 degrees.

“It’s going to be challenging particularly as we try to push that out to rural areas or push that out to smaller hospitals,” Dr. Harris said.

Recipients will have to take two shots with a 21-28 day window between each. At the top of the list to receive the vaccine are first responders including morticians, health care workers, and those at high risk, which makes up a third of the entire state.

“We are going to continue immunizing until we get to everyone we need to get to,” Harris said.

The Pfizer vaccine will be given to the states for free. However, health care providers can charge an administration fee.

Dr. Scott Chavers heads the COVID-19 Response for the Mobile County Health Department. He said MCHD is in the process of getting ultra-cold freezers needed to store the drug.

“We are getting the equipment. We are getting the procedures in place to store and to vaccinate as many people as we can,” Chavers said.