By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News
Eligibility for COVID-19 vaccines expands today in Alabama to include people 55 and over, people 16 and older with high-risk medical conditions, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and more critical workers.
The qualifying medical conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, smoking, obesity, sickle cell disease and heart conditions.
“We have been concerned that many people at high risk and others engaged in close contact work have not been eligible to receive the vaccine yet, but with the additional vaccine supply we are better able to meet the needs of Alabama residents,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a written statement. “Starting March 22, individuals can be assured of receiving the shots they have been patiently waiting to get.”
Those frontline workers now eligible include those employed transportation, waste and wastewater, food services and public safety. Bank tellers are also included.
The new eligibility guidelines represent about 2 million people, Ivey’s office said.
As of Friday, 1.3 million vaccine doses had been administered in the state. Just more than 2 million doses have been delivered, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. The state receives 110,000 to 120,000 doses each week.
The ADPH has a vaccine locator here.
The Alabama National Guard begins rural vaccine clinics this week at multiple counties around the state. Appointments are not required and the clinics will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Each is expected to be able to administer 1,000 doses of vaccine. A complete list of clinics in available here.
This week’s sites are:
Address: Kiwanis Building: 2085 Kiwanis Drive, Andalusia, AL 36420
Address: Jaycee Park: Hopkins St., Livingston, AL 35470
Address: Enterprise Civic Center: 2401 Neil Metcalf Road, Enterprise, AL 36330
Address: Greenetrack: 524 Co Rd 208, Eutaw, AL 35462
Address: Ozark Civic Center: 320 East College Street, Ozark, AL 36360
Address: Boys and Girls Club: (Old National Guard Armory) 515 Green Street, Greensboro, AL 36744
Address: Calvary Baptist Church: 310 Dothan Road, Abbeville, AL 36310
Address: Marion Military Institute