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Huntsville Hospital not scheduling new vaccine appointments until March 22

The hospital says that because it is getting smaller-than-expected allocations of vaccine, they have stopped scheduling new appointments.

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Huntsville Hospital says that because of a reduction in its vaccine allocation, it will stop scheduling new appointments until the week of March 22.

The hospital confirmed with the State this week that it will only receive enough vaccine for 1,000 new doses per week, which is less than half of the previous allocation for Huntsville Hospital. The vaccine supply will allow them to vaccinate people with appointments and those needing their second shot, but new appointments are on hold. Health System officials said on Feb. 19 that the allocation of vaccines shipped from the State of Alabama to area hospitals has been reduced in recent days, forcing hospitals to reduce the number of first doses they can provide. Some locations are already out of first doses.  

HHS says that if you already have an appointment for either a booster dose or a primary dose, you should come at your scheduled time unless contacted by the hospital. If you are one of the thousands on the waiting list, you will not receive a scheduling phone call for at least two weeks. 

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Huntsville Hospital Health System has vaccinated more than 55,000 people so far, with more than 45,000 people are on vaccine waiting list. A spokesperson for the hospital said, "Based on the allocations that we receive, we will continue our efforts to vaccinate as many people as we can who have registered to be vaccinated at one of our facilities. We also recommend that you explore every avenue available to get your vaccine."

You can check the Alabama Department of Public Health website for information on who has been approved for administering vaccines in your area. Please note that approved sites might not have vaccines all the time. 

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