Alabama is currently ranked the last death on a CDC panel showing the percentage of the population in each state who received the COVID-19 vaccine.
As of Thursday afternoon, Alabama reported the lowest COVID vaccination rate of all states and one state to vaccinate less than 2 percent of the population.
According to the dashboard, Alabama has given at least the first vaccine to 92,300 people, about 1.9% of the population.
The Alabama Department of Public Health, which oversees the vaccine launch in the state, said they disagreed with the information.
“The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) data is currently inconsistent with CDC data, ADPH’s Dr. Karen Landers said by email Thursday.” ADPH is investigating this to be sure. That all the quantities received from Alabama are counted. “
The CDC dashboard now shows Alabama with the lowest vaccination rates of all states, with many other southeastern states ranking near the bottom. Georgia is second on the bottom, with 2.2% of the population being vaccinated, followed by 2.3% of South Carolina.The dashboard reports the number of people per 100,000 people residing in each state who received at least one vaccine. Alabama’s are 1,882 people per 100,000 people, or 1.9% of the total population.
Parts of Alabama offer the vaccine only to people who are in phase 1a of the state’s vaccine allocation plan, front-line health care workers, and to people living in nursing homes or long-term care facilities.
Starting Monday, the state will be offering the vaccine to people aged 75 and older, as well as to emergency responders across the state. But there are few places where people can get vaccinated. However, some states, including Texas and California, have started offering the vaccine to anyone over 65.
The CDC this week recommends that all states open the vaccine immediately to people 65 and older. The decision is up to the state, however, the CDC also announced a plan to reward states that vaccinate them faster by delivering them large numbers of vaccines.
The statewide hotline to schedule a vaccine appointment was inundated with 1.1 million calls on the first day of operation, and the department has reported no more appointments. But the department will put the information of the caller into the waiting list when making additional appointments.