COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccine Status

Currently, there is no FDA-approved or authorized vaccine to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Operation Warp Speed has been working since the pandemic started to make a COVID-19 vaccine available as soon as possible. Several vaccine candidates are in clinical trials.

For Provider Information regarding vaccinations, please visit COVID-19 Vaccination Provider Support.

Planning and Distribution

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is putting everything in place to distribute and administer vaccine doses as quickly as possible, but only after vaccine safety has been reviewed and approved by a panel of top health experts. ADPH is currently working to pre-position COVID-19 vaccine in several locations statewide to ensure equitable and timely distribution to federally designated critical populations.

Current federal funding will support partnerships with local health jurisdictions and tribal entities, mass vaccination clinics, vendor contracts, and staffing. ADPH has redirected some current staff to this program and is hiring additional positions to support this work.

ADPH has submitted its COVID-19 Vaccination Plan to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of the plan is to immunize everyone who is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.

Prioritization and Availability

The federal government will provide prioritization guidance. States may need to further prioritize groups beyond those recommendations because we initially may not have enough vaccine to cover all the highest-priority groups during the first round.

Some possibilities for the first priority groups in Alabama to receive vaccine are:

  • Health care workers and first responders
  • Residents and workers at long-term care facilities
  • People of all ages with comorbid and underlying conditions

Two federal groups are working on recommendations for vaccine prioritization: the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

Even if you get vaccinated, we recommend you continue with the other prevention measures, such as washing your hands, wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, and limiting gatherings. Visit Prevention and Treatment for more information.

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Page last updated: November 20, 2020