DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — The COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Alabama has been slower than expected and lawmakers voiced their frustration.
Local legislators said they have a problem with how the Alabama Department of Public Health has been rolling out the vaccine, blaming it on poor planning.
“Well there’s obviously been some hiccups here and I think it was anticipated not only on the state level but on the national level, it was just not an opportune time but of course we need to get it out,” Alabama House Representative, Steve Clouse said.
Alabama Senator Donnie Chesteen believes one problem is there isn’t enough supply for the vaccine.
“First of all we’ve got to have an adequate supply of vaccines in order to meet the demands that need the shot,” said Chesteen.
He believes the problem lies in the data discrepancy that gets reported to the CDC.
Officials have 24 hours to report vaccines given to the CDC but meeting that deadline is where the ball has been dropped.
“In order for Alabama to receive the vaccinations we’re supposed to be receiving we need to report that because what CDC is looking at if you’re not getting shots in the arm there’s other states that are,” said Chesteen.
The total number of allocations the state they were supposed to receive early on was cut in half but now the state has received over 484,000 vaccines.
Moving forward Chesteen challenges ADPH and Dr. Scott Harris to be open to more ways such as reaching out to our neighboring states so we can improve vaccine distribution in the state of Alabama.