COVID-19 Vaccination Available for Alabamians 75 Years Old and Older, First Responders, and Law Enforcement MONTGOMERY, AL (STL.News) Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday announced that ADPH will provide COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 years old or older, as well as first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters, statewide by appointment only effective January 18.\u00a0 Appointments at locations throughout the state are made first come, first served.\u00a0 The addition of these groups is not a full expansion into the next phase of the vaccine rollout. \u201cI appreciate the swift work of ADPH to establish a system to efficiently provide our limited resources of vaccine to as many Alabamians as possible,\u201d Governor Ivey said.\u00a0 \u201cWe have previously worked to provide vaccines to our health care workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic, and now, are diligently working to expand access to our seniors, law enforcement officers and various members of our first responders.\u00a0 It is critical for everyone to remain patient; demand is high, and supply is low.\u00a0 ADPH and their partners are working around-the-clock to assist as many people as they can.\u201d Alabama continues to vaccinate more than 326,000 health care workers and nursing home residents who are most at-risk of contracting COVID-19.\u00a0 As the vaccine uptake for this category is satisfied, ADPH is now encouraging sites to vaccinate persons in the 75-plus age group and those in the law enforcement and firefighter vocations in order to prevent any loss of vaccine due to cold chain storage requirements. \u201cWe recognize that demand for vaccine exceeds supply,\u201d said State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris.\u00a0 \u201cWhile there is still an insufficient amount of the vaccine supply, we want to maximize our resources to help protect Alabamians at high risk.\u00a0 County health departments are working with their local points of distribution to assess what their vaccination reach has been. Decisions about the next groups to vaccinate are made at the community level with community engagement.\u00a0 If the very high-risk population has been covered adequately, providers can then begin vaccinating people in the other priority groups.\u201d Nearly 350,000 people in the state of Alabama would qualify for a vaccine at 75 years old and older. To schedule an appointment for the free COVID-19 vaccination, individuals may call the ADPH toll-free phone number at 1-855-566-5333.\u00a0 Telephone calls are answered from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. seven days a week. Vaccination locations can be viewed at this link, https:\/\/go.usa.gov\/xARKp and additional specific information, such as what to bring and what to wear, will be provided when appointments are made. If wanting to be vaccinated at sites other than a county health department, such as a private provider, individuals should contact those sites directly. For information about COVID-19 vaccines, visit https:\/\/go.usa.gov\/xARKE.