Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris announced today that eligibility for the Covid-19 vaccine will be extended to those who fall under Phase 1c of the state's allocation plan, which includes those 55 and older, people with high risk medical conditions older than 16 and restaurant and service employees, among many other groups. 

"We have been concerned that many people at high risk and others engaged in close contact work have not been eligible to receive the vaccine yet, but with the additional vaccine supply we are better able to meet the needs of Alabama residents," said Gov. Kay Ivey in a news release.

The expansion of eligibility to Phase 1c takes effect March 22, although registration is now open to those who meet the expanded eligibility at the Vaccine Community Clinic located on Opelika Road, according to an East Alabama Medical Center news release. 

"This is very welcome news," said John Atkinson, EAMC spokesman. "We're especially pleased that the people with high-risk medical conditions are being added as they are the ones most vulnerable of the remaining populations."

Residents who are eligible can register at www.eastALcovidvaccine.com, and then self-schedule an appointment. EAMC is currently administering the Pfizer vaccine, which requires two doses. 

“In fact, as of 4 p.m. today, there were still time slots available for next Thursday and Friday (March 18 and 19) and the people newly added can sign up for one of those time slots until they run out,” Atkinson said. 

New time slots are added Monday through Friday and typically become available at 8 a.m.

In addition to those 55 and older and those older than 16 with high-risk medical conditions, those with the following conditions, among others, are now eligible:

•       Cancer

•       Chronic kidney disease

•       COPD

•       Heart conditions such as heart failure, coronary artery disease or

cardiomyopathies; immunocompromised state

•       Solid organ transplant

•       Obesity, BMI greater than 30

•       Pregnancy

•       Sickle cell disease

•       Smoking

•       Type 1 and 2 diabetes

•       Other medical conditions as determined by your medical provider

Eligibility has also been extended to more "essential" workers, including those in the following categories:

•       Transportation and logistics

•       Waste and wastewater

•       Food service (includes restaurant staff)

•       Shelter and housing (construction)

•       Finance (bank tellers)

•       Information technology and communication

•       Energy

•       Legal

•       Media

•       Public safety (engineers)

If you are eligible and your group is not listed on the EAMC self-scheduling page online, click "other." 

“Anyone whose group was added today can select the “OTHER” category on the registration page,” said Atkinson. “We may end up adding each new group, but just adding “OTHER” was the fastest way for us to allow people to register right away.”

Residents may also register through the Alabama Department of Public Health at www.ALCovidVaccine.gov

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