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All Alabamians age 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday
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All Alabamians age 16 and older eligible for COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday

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In this January file photo, an Auburn University nursing student gives a COVID-19 vaccine to a woman at EAMC’s virus vaccination site.

Alabama is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to all individuals age 16 and older.

Gov. Kay Ivey announced Friday that Alabamians age 16 and older will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning Monday, April 5.

“I have committed to the people of Alabama that we are on a path forward, and while there is more work to be done, I remain hopeful and optimistic in where we are going,” Ivey said. “Recent findings from the CDC show preliminary data suggesting that vaccinated individuals do not appear to be spreading the virus, so that is hopeful, underscores the effectiveness of the vaccine and is yet another reason to get the shot.

“Truly, this vaccine is our ticket back to normal life. We are so close to getting COVID-19 in the rearview, and until then, we should all keep wearing our masks, get vaccinated and use the common sense the good Lord gave us.”

Vice President Kamala Harris met with a group of religious leaders virtually and in-person amid the current season of religious holidays, hoping to exchange ideas on encouraging Americans to receive their coronavirus vaccinations combating hate crimes and other issues.

The Pfizer vaccine is available to individuals age 16 and up, and the Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are both available to individuals age 18 years and older.

There will be about 4 million eligible individuals in Alabama for the COVID-19 vaccine with the most recent vaccine eligibly expansion. The state receives about 115,000 first doses each week.

"In the initial phases of our vaccine allocation plan, we have given just over 1.7 million shots. These shots have gone to more than 1.1 million Alabamians most at risk of illness and death due to COVID-19,” State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said. “As progress has been made, equitable vaccine distribution has been and remains a driving force in immunizing state residents. The increased supply of safe and effective vaccines means all adults who wish to be vaccinated are now eligible to receive the protection vaccines offer."

As of April 1, 1,724,463 doses have been administered statewide.​

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