COVID-19 Vaccine Update for January 29, 2021

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris announced today that persons 65 to 74 years of age, as well as those persons who are classified as essential workers in federal category 1b, will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, February 8. However, with the high demand for it in Madison County and an uncertain supply of vaccine, people in these additional groups should not anticipate being vaccinated for several weeks.

Huntsville Hospital is continuing to vaccinate Madison County residents who are 75 and older. As of January 29, more than 8,000 persons (requiring 16,000 doses) remain to be vaccinated in this critical category. When this group is completed in the weeks ahead, vaccination of persons 65-74 and essential workers can begin. There are more than 35,000 people in the 65-74 population of Madison County. It is difficult to estimate the number of people classified as essential workers, which according to guidelines includes teachers and education staff, firefighters, police, daycare workers, food and agricultural workers, manufacturing workers, U.S. Postal Service workers, judiciary, public transit and grocery store workers.

When we have an adequate supply of vaccine available in the coming weeks, our goal will be to give a thousand doses per day---500 first doses and 500 second doses.

Persons in these expanded groups may register online at huntsvillehospital.org. Your registration puts you on the waiting list for vaccination. It does not make an appointment for you. You will be called to schedule an appointment at our Community Vaccination Clinic at John Hunt Park. Please do not call the hospital or show up at the clinic without an appointment.

Thank you for understanding and for your patience as we serve you under the guidelines of state and federal health agencies. We will do our very best to get you vaccinated.