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ADPH begins administration of COVID-19 vaccine

The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) distributed doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Alabama hospitals this week. The total number of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines administered as of December 18 in Alabama is 4,489. Providers have 24 hours to report to ADPH.
ADPH was advised of some reduction in the second planning allocation of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for next week. This decrease will not affect persons who are receiving the Pfizer product for their first dose, as their second doses have been already allocated. The original planned Pfizer allocation for Alabama next week was 48,750 doses. The total allocation for the state has been reduced to 29,250.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted to recommend Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday. A formal vote by FDA on issuing an EUA for the Moderna product is expected today, coming one week after the committee voted to recommend the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for EUA. If the Moderna vaccine is given an EUA as expected, ADPH expects some hospitals in Alabama to begin receiving Moderna COVID-19 vaccine next week. Names of hospitals receiving Moderna will be provided in the near future. The expected total allocation of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine planned for Alabama is 83,400 doses.

ADPH has urged the public to practice caution during the holiday season by postponing travel and avoiding gatherings. Other simple nonpharmaceutical measures everyone should continue taking to reduce transmission of COVID-19 are listed here:
·        Wash your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds
·        Social distance by staying 6 feet away from others
·        Avoid people who are sick
·        Stay home if you can; work remotely if possible
·        Cover your mouth and nose with a face covering when around others
·        Cover coughs and sneezes
·        Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces
·        Monitor your health

These good practices need to be followed, even after vaccines are widely available.