The most populous county in Alabama has released an online registration form to register county residents to be notified when they are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine and how to schedule an appointment.
You can sign up here.
The link is posted on the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency’s website and asks respondents several questions, including their age, whether they have any pre-existing conditions, and what category their job falls into.
“Once submitted, we will review your information and determine which phase of vaccine distribution is most appropriate for your situation,”
The Jefferson County EMA and the Jefferson County Department of Health have scheduled a press conference Monday at 3 p.m. to provide more details on the distribution of the vaccine in Jefferson County.
Jefferson County is home to Birmingham, Alabama’s largest city, and a number of major medical centers, including the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, St. Vincent’s and Children’s Hospital of Alabama.
Currently, Jefferson County only vaccinates first-line health workers and some emergency responders, but the state will begin offering the COVID vaccine to people over the age of 75 and above on Jan. 18.
The EMA and the Jefferson County Department of Health also offer a vaccine information hotline at 205-858-2221.
Jefferson County residents can send messages to 888-777 with the INFOJEFFCO message to sign up for COVID-19 vaccine text message updates.
The Alabama Department of Public Health has also launched a nationwide vaccine information hotline, according to which ADPH received more than 1.1 million calls during its first day on the job. This number is 1-855-566-5333.
The ADPH is asking people not to call local hospitals directly to try to make an appointment for the vaccine, and says state hospitals are “overwhelmed” by calls from people asking for the vaccine, and this is interfering with other operations.