Federal government to send larger supply of vaccines to Alabama

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FILE – In this Jan. 9, 2021, file photo, vials of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are placed next to a loaded syringe in Throop, Pa. (Christopher Dolan/The Times-Tribune via AP, File)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WDHN) — More COVID-19 vaccines will be shipped to state governments, according to the office of Gov. Kay Ivey.

In a call with the National Governors Association Tuesday afternoon, Ivey learned that the Biden administration will be increasing the amount of vaccine given to states, basing the amount on the local population.

“I’m pleased that Alabama will receive a slight increase in our vaccine supply,” Ivey said. “Any margin of increase is appreciated, but we have a long way to go to be able to provide them to any Alabamian who wants one. Along with Dr. Harris, I’ll continue to advocate to our federal partners that we must be more efficient in shipping these to the states in order for us to get shots in arms.”

State governments can also now redistribute unused doses from the federal pharmacy program meant for long-term care facilities. They will then be used for the general public.

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