Huntsville Hospital: COVID Immunization Begins Wednesday

A Huntsville hospital spokesman said Monday that the COVID-19 vaccination for borderline health care workers in North Alabama will begin Wednesday morning and will also be made available to physicians’ offices and emergency medical responders.

Hospital senior vice president Tracy Doughty said the hospital is expecting 6,825 doses of the Pfizer-BioNotech vaccine on Tuesday.

Complete vaccination will require another dose in 21 days. The first round supplements are coming from the state, which is also taking follow-up doses until needed. According to other reports, half of the first dose will be allocated to hospital health care workers, 15 percent for EMS workers, 15 percent for physician offices, and 20 percent for other hospital employees.

Journalists briefed on Huntsville’s plan late on Monday. As an example of early vaccination, Dottie cited staff at the hospital’s fever and flu clinic, who have been testing people for the virus since the outbreak began. Other chief staff positions will be rotated for vaccination, he said, so that not all respiratory therapists receive the vaccine on the same night in case of side effects.

“Our target is done in a two-week time frame,” Doughty said.

Based on a survey of 1,000 employees, Dutty said he expected 50–55 percent of the employees eligible to receive the vaccine in the first round, 25–30 percent during the second round and more over time.

Aata said that he did not know when the next shipment would arrive. “We can get something by the end of next year,” he said.

Dottie said the hospital’s leadership is planning a vaccine rollout. That planning has noted such nuances, such as where to walk while arriving at the vaccination site, the number of vaccination stations at each site and where to sit for the required 30-minute wait before leaving.

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