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No more COVID-19 vaccine appointments available at county health departments, waitlist forming, ADPH says

ADPH said it is aware the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline has been experiencing difficulties as vaccine demand continues to exceed supply.

ALABAMA, USA — The Alabama Department of Public Health said on Wednesday, January 13, that there are no remaining appointments available at county health departments, but you can still be placed on a waitlist.

ADPH said it is aware the COVID-19 Vaccine Hotline has been experiencing difficulties as vaccine demand continues to exceed supply. The department said there are more than 326,000 health care workers and nearly 350,000 Alabamians who qualify for a vaccine due to their age.

Hotline personnel is aiming to schedule those ages 75-and-up, law enforcement officers and firefighters for vaccine appointments beginning on January 18.

The hotline can be reached at 1-800-270-7268.

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. 

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