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ADPH waiting on at least 10,000 doses after weather delays vaccination

Alabama Department of Public Health leaders are hoping the vaccine doses will arrive by the end of this week.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The winter weather last week not only forced rescheduling of vaccinations, but delayed delivery of more vaccine.

Alabama Department of Public Health leaders say they're waiting for at least ten thousand doses.

ADPH Assistant State Health Officer, Dr. Karen Landers, says the department is hoping for shipment to come in by the end of this week.

She says the health departments will receive less doses because other private vaccine providers will receive doses as well.

Landers says supply is still the problem. "While we are opening back up for some appointments for first doses, again keep in mind that the doses will be limited and those appointments may fill up very quickly," she says.

First dose vaccine appointments should open in a couple days but Landers say this depends on the number of vaccine the state will receive.

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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.