MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Monday launched an online portal for people to check their eligibility for COVID-19 vaccinations and make appointments.
The Alabama Department of Public Health said the site at https://www.alcovidvaccine.gov/ will allow those eligible to make an appointment if shots are available in the person’s county of choice. The portal also provides information about additional drive-through and walk-in clinics being offered.
Starting Feb. 8, Alabama will expand who is eligible for the vaccine to: everyone 65 and older; educators; court officials; corrections officers; postal employees; grocery store workers; some manufacturing workers; public transit workers; agriculture employees; state legislators and constitutional officers.
Currently, only people 75 and older; first responders, health care workers and long-term care residents are eligible.
Health officials have cautioned that the state has not received enough doses to vaccinate everyone who will be eligible for shots.
“We need people to understand there’s not enough to go around,” State Health Officer Scott Harris said in a recent media briefing.
The state, which has nearly 5 million people, has so far received 772,000 vaccine doses, according to state numbers. The expanded eligibility will mean 1.5 million people are eligible for the vaccinations they require two shots for maximum protection.
For general information about COVID-19, the COVID-19 Information Hotline number is 1-800-270-7268.