Can COVID-19 vaccine supply meet demand? Local health official weighs in

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — As eligible citizens continue to try and make appointments to receive their COVID-19 vaccinations, the fear of running out of doses looms in the background.

Right now, vaccine distributors are receiving between 50,000 to 60,000 doses per week and are distributing over 200 per day.

“I think we’ll have to go week by week and see where we are with the demand as well as the numbers that we’ve been able to do, according to our census data that we’ve used to get our population and see where we’re at before we go into a broader range,” ADPH Southeastern District Administrator Corey Kirkland said.

Phase 1a began in mid-to-late December, and now that the state has moved into phase 1B, many feel that we are not ready to completely open the flood gates.

They don’t think we should move to the next phases until we have a better idea of the vaccine development and distribution.

“I think you know waiting and to make sure we know where we are in the next few weeks with vaccination, or the supply that is, would be the most appropriate,” Southeast Health ACOM Dr. Justin Hovey said.

Phase 1b includes anyone 75 and older and anyone who was eligible in Phase 1a.

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