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ADPH adds new demographics data tab to vaccine dashboard

The vaccine distribution dashboard includes age and race groups.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Alabama Department of Public Health added a new feature to their vaccine dashboard, a demographics data tab.

This gives a snapshot of vaccinations which include age and race. So far only 11% of Black Alabamians received vaccine. Close to 55% of White Alabamians received their vaccine.

The health department says the data "speaks a lot to equity concerns". 

"It's going to be an ongoing educational process both within the African American community as well as other persons to ensure vaccine confidence and also make sure we have uptake in communities outside of their urban areas," says ADPH Assistant State Dr. Karen Landers.

More than 32% of people who received the vaccine are not reported and unknown.

Landers says data from the second dose vaccinations will improve those numbers.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a plethora of information on how to protect yourself and other from the coronavirus.  

The virus can easily spread from person to person, so the CDC recommends you stay at least 6-feet apart from people not in your household. The virus is spread through respiratory droplets that are produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes, breaths or talks, according to the CDC. Because of this, the CDC recommends you wear a cloth facemask when around others and in public. 

Additionally, the CDC recommends that you frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. 

Symptoms to look out for include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, a sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and diarrhea, according to the CDC. 

Click here to find more COVID-19 information from the CDC. 

If you suspect you have the coronavirus, you should seek out testing and self-quarantine. 

Click here to find more COVID-19 information from the Alabama Department of Public Health.