How To Register For The COVID-19 Vaccine In Mountain Brook

Michael Seale

JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL — While distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine in Alabama has been somewhat slow to roll out, the Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency has developed a website for anyone who lives or works in the county to sign up to receive the vaccine.

The JeffCo EMA rolled out its online vaccine registration site Monday.

Dr. Mark Wilson of the Jefferson County Health Department said in a news conference Monday that each county is responsible for carrying out the phases of the vaccine roll-out outlined by the Alabama Department of Public Health.

The Jefferson County Health Coalition determines when to move on to the next phase, and Wilson said the county is still in Phase 1a — which includes health care workers, emergency medical providers and people in long term health facilities. Wilson said the JCDH is working on getting those vaccinations done this week.

"I want to make sure everyone understands we will not be vaccinating people in Phase 1b on the 18, and we do not know when we will begin that phase," Wilson said. "As we move forward, we are working toward setting up some vaccination sites throughout the county."

Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health on Friday announced that the department will provide COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 or older — as well as first responders — statewide by appointment only effective January 18. Wilson roughly 47,000 people are included in those groups.

The state will move on to other phases of distribution as scheduled. "There are going to be hiccups, but we are moving on this as fast as we can," Wilson said.

"As more vaccine becomes available, more groups will be able to get a COVID-19 vaccine," the JCDH said in a statement on social media. "Continue to wear a mask over your nose and mouth, stay 6 feet from others, avoid crowds, wash your hands and get vaccinated when it’s your turn."

As of Monday, 632 people were hospitalized in Jefferson County with COVID-19, with 139 on ventilators and 221 in ICU. The county reported 10 deaths yesterday.

This article originally appeared on the Mountain Brook Patch