Tuscaloosa County COVID-19 Vaccine

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 Please stay tuned in the coming weeks for updates. 

Tuscaloosa County is currently in Phase 1B of the Vaccination process which is focused on frontline healthcare workers and first responders. Later phases will include members of the public.

Veterans:

COVID-19 Vaccines are now authorized via CDC and VA for enrolled Veterans 65 and older. The Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center COVID Clinic is by appointment only so please call the VA Call Center at 205-554-2010 to schedule your appointment. If you are not enrolled at the Tuscaloosa VAMC, please call Eligibility and Enrollment at 205-554-2000 x2220 or X-2221

Phase 1

  • Beginning Monday January 18, 2021, ADPH will begin providing COVID-19 vaccinations to a subset of the 1b Risk Group (law enforcement, firefighters, individuals equal to or over 75 years of age) as well as continuing to vaccinate healthcare workers and EMS personnel. Unfortunately educators are not included at the current time. ADPH will move to the remaining subset of 1b when the availability of vaccine dosages and the uptake of vaccines by prior risk groups is deemed adequate.

To schedule an appointment for the free COVID-19 vaccination at a county health department, individuals may call the ADPH toll-free phone number at 1-855-566-5333. 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.

For Phase 1B News:

  • Per 1/8/21 ADPH Press Release: COVID-19 vaccination appointments available for Alabamians 75 years and older, first responders (including law enforcement and firefighters) statewide effective January 18, as healthcare workers and others continue to be vaccinated. Found at: go.usa.gov/xAnkJ
  • Per 1/11/21 ADPH Press Release: COVID-19 vaccine remains limited, continued patience is urged as demand is great. Found at: https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/news/2021/01/11.html

To see the Phases in the Alabama COVIDÔÇÉ19 Vaccination Allocation Plan click:

https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/assets/adph-covid19-vaccination-allocation-plan.pdf

We would encourage you to continue, researching the vaccine and if it is the right choice for you and your family.

Per the ADPH and CDC information:

Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine   (95 percent effectiveafter two doses)

  • Number of shots: 2 shots, 21 days apart
  • How given: Shot in the muscle of the upper arm
  • Does not contain: Eggs, Preservatives, Latex
  • Authorized for emergency use in persons aged 16 years and older

Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine   (94 percent effectiveafter two doses)

  • Number of shots: 2 shots, one month (28 days) apart
  • How given: Shot in the muscle of the upper arm
  • Does not contain: Eggs, Preservatives, Latex
  • Authorized for emergency use in individuals aged 18 years and older

Multiple COVID-19 vaccines are also still under development. Large-scale (Phase 3) clinical trials are in progress or being planned for two additional COVID-19 vaccines in the United States.

For information on the current Vaccines:

https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/vaccine.html#status

For COVID-19 Vaccine FAQ:

https://www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19/vaccine-faq.html#safety