Thursday, Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris said that Alabama will be receiving an extra 10,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine made by Moderna, each of the next three weeks. That’s in addition to what the state already receives – which is usually between 50,000 and 60,000 for first doses and generally about 60,000 for second doses.
Harris said the supply of vaccine will still fall well short of what is needed. Alabama is distributing vaccine to health care workers, those over the age of 75 – and first responders. Harris didn’t mention when eligibility would expand to the next group – which would include people between the ages of 65 and 74.
There are about 700,000 people eligible for shots in Alabama now. Harris said the 65 to 74 group would add at least several hundred thousand.
The amount of doses needed is twice the eligible population because both the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines require two shots.