MONTGOMERY, Ala (AP) — About 2 million more Alabama residents will soon be eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccinations.
State health officials announced on Friday that they are opening vaccines up to more frontline workers; people 55 and older; those with intellectual and developmental disabilities; and residents age 16 to 64 with certain high-risk medical conditions.
The qualifying medical conditions include cancer, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, smoking, obesity, sickle cell disease and heart conditions.
The expansion means about two-thirds of Alabamians will be eligible for the vaccine starting March 22.
Health officials urged people to be patient as demand for the vaccine still outpaces available supply.