From The Tribune staff reports
BIRMINGHAM — The Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency (JCEMA) announced a new call center is open to provide assistance to the public concerning the COVID-19 vaccine.
The EMA’s Unified Command (JCUC) along with the Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH) established the hotline to coordinate vaccinations for critical populations in the county.
Vaccines are currently being given to frontline healthcare workers, emergency medical service (EMS) providers, and residents of long-term care facilities, as Phase 1a the plan released by the Advisory Committee of Immunization Practices (ACIP). Anyone in this category can contact the JCUC Call Center at 205-85VACC1 (205-858-2221).
The JCDH is monitoring the distribution of vaccines and will inform the public when Phase 1a is complete. Phase 1b will include essential workers such as educators, fire, police and transportation workers.
The call center is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
For general information about COVID-19 vaccination in Alabama, visit www.alabamapublichealth.gov/covid19.