Skip to main content
You have permission to edit this article.
Edit
Gov. Ivey urges patience with Alabama's vaccine rollout
alert featured

Gov. Ivey urges patience with Alabama's vaccine rollout

  • Updated
  • 1
{{featured_button_text}}

MONTGOMERY — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday urged people to be patient amid the slow rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine, but to take the vaccine as soon as it is available to them.

A state hotline has been overwhelmed with calls from people seeking appointments for the shots next week when the state begins making them available to people over 75.

The governor said the state is “working to get vaccine in the arms of people as soon as the supplies come in.”

“I just want to encourage our people to be patient, stay calm and you’ll get your shot,” Ivey said Tuesday. “I want to encourage everybody to get in line — and be patient as you wait.”

Support Local Journalism

Your subscription makes our reporting possible.
{{featured_button_text}}

Ivey addressed reporters after receiving her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine at Baptist South Hospital. The governor, as public officials have done in other states, took the vaccine to demonstrate its safety.

State Health Officer Scott Harris said supply has been the limiting factor in getting out the shots.

The state of 5 million people has been allotted about 271,000 doses so far, received about 240,000 of those and has given 87,000 vaccinations, Harris said.

“I think the point we’d like people to understand is there is just not enough vaccine at this point. We know everybody who needs one is going to get one at some time but it’s just not there yet,” Harris said.

The first round of shots was designated for health care workers and long-term care residents and workers. That's about 377,000 people, according to state health officials.

County health departments next week will begin giving shots to people 75 and older, as well as first responders, but appointments are required for the vaccinations. A state appointment line was swamped with calls, receiving more than 1 million in its first day in operation.

Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.

Concerned about COVID-19?

* I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.

Related to this story

Most Popular

  • Updated

Good afternoon! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Florida. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and shoul…

Get up-to-the-minute news sent straight to your device.

Topics

Breaking News

News Alert