“As we approach the fourteenth month of this pandemic, we are pleased that two-thirds of Alabama residents age 65 and older have been vaccinated,” said State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris. More than 1,300 providers are administering the vaccine in communities throughout the state. Ivey says while infection rates and hospitalization rates are in better shape, all Alabamians still need to get their vaccine.
“For over a year now, Alabamians, like people around the globe, have made sacrifices and adjusted to a temporary ‘new normal.’ We have learned much since last year, and this is absolutely now a managed pandemic,” said Ivey. On March 13, 2020, Ivey declared a state of emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the declaration, Ivey said the virus posed a significant risk to cause substantial harm to a large number of people.
As of May 3, 2021, 1,511,830 people have received one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 1,126,796 people have completed the vaccine series. WEATHER AWARE: Strong to severe storms possible today and on Tuesday
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According to Ivey, as with ending Alabama’s mask requirement, this final extension of the order until the end of the month gives health care providers, businesses and individuals adequate time to make preparations for the full reopening of the state. “Look, I have been vaccinated. I believe in the science, believe that it works and have confidence in it. So, like I said, I have been fully vaccinated, and I will live like I have been fully vaccinated,” said Ivey.
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