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Rockford to offer 300 COVID-19 vaccines
By Christa Jennings
Rockford will be hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic this month, with those interested in getting vaccinated being encouraged to begin getting their tickets next week.
The town will have 300 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Mayor Scott White said the vaccinations will be given on April 14 starting at 9 a.m. at the E-911 building in Rockford. Tickets for the vaccinations can be picked up at Town Hall, and White said they should have the tickets available to be picked up starting Monday.
Rockford’s vaccines were made available through a partnership with Coosa Valley Medical Center and SAFE.
For more information on the vaccines available at Rockford, call Town Hall at 256-377-4911.
With this being Easter weekend, the Alabama Department of Public Health is reminding citizens that, while it hopes they can gather as safely as possible, it is “still not a good idea to mix with people from other households.”
The department reminds people that this is especially true when they wish to spend time with people who are vulnerable to COVID-19 because of age or health problems, unless people are fully vaccinated.
ADPH reports, “The same guidance that has been made for other holiday celebrations applies: outdoor events are better than indoor ones, shorter times are better than longer ones, and people are better spaced apart than crowded together. Please be responsible and do the right thing to protect your friends and loved ones.”
However, ADPH is also pleased to report that the majority of Alabamians ages 75 and more have received at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
As of press time, the department reported that 64% of the Alabama population 75 years and older have received one or more doses of COVID-19 vaccine. People in that age group are considered to be at high risk of hospitalization, illness and death from COVID-19.
ADPH reported, “As we age, our immune cells become more difficult to activate. ADPH maximized our limited vaccine resources to help protect these Alabama residents. Regrettably, 78.8% of Alabamians who have died due to COVID-19 are age 65 and older. Vulnerable older residents have been prioritized in our Vaccine Allocation Plan for that reason.”
For more information on COVID-19 and the vaccines, visit https://alcovidvaccine.gov or www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19vaccine/index.html.