Jefferson County residents encouraged to use COVID-19 vaccine website this week

Photo via Anne-Laura Cook

The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and Jefferson County Department of Health are encouraging residents who live and work in Jefferson county to self-register for the COVID-19 vaccine at their website this week. 

NOTE: The COVID Call Center, which has received over 7,000 calls since the beginning of January, is closed from Monday, January 18 (MLK Holiday) to Wednesday, January 20. The hotline will reopen on Thursday morning.

How to Register for a Vaccine

There are two ways to register for the vaccine in Jefferson County.

74,000+ Doses Requested

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Dr. Adrienne Carter, Internist at UAB. Photo via Hernando Carter

According to the Jefferson County EMA, the COVID Call Center has taken 7,080 calls since it was launched in early January. As of January 15th, 29,667 individuals or groups have self-registered. A total of 74,084 doses of vaccine have been requested.  

The EMA noted that the percentage of people using the self-registration function on the website is rising while the number of people placing calls into the Call Center is declining.

Why is it Important to Register?

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Jefferson County Department of Health. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

When Jefferson County residents register, the data is sent to the Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH). According to the EMA, the form is used to inform the JCDH of a person’s intent to take the vaccine once it becomes available for you based on the Alabama Department of Public Health’s allocation plan.

Once submitted, they will review the information and determine which phase of the vaccine distribution is most appropriate for your situation. If they determine you are eligible for the vaccine, they will provide additional information on how to schedule a vaccination appointment.

Bottom line: Visit this week if you haven’t done so. If you need to make a call, the call center will reopen this week on Thursday.

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Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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